LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A Republican lawmaker says he supported overriding Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a 12-week abortion ban, but his voting machine didn't record his vote.
Rep. Randy Alexander of Fayetteville was the only Republican listed as not voting Wednesday on the override of the veto of the abortion ban. The Republican-led House successfully overrode Beebe's veto, giving Arkansas the strictest abortion ban in the country. Fifty Republicans and six Democrats supported the override. The Senate voted a day earlier to override Beebe's veto.
An override requires only a simple majority in the House and Senate.
Alexander said he pressed the "yes" button on his voting machine but it wasn't recorded. He filed a letter with the House stating that he intended to vote for the override.COMPLETE COVERAGEArk. lawmaker proposes new abortion restriction (Jan. 28)Ark. Senate passes measure to ban most abortions (Jan. 31)Ark. Gov. suggests abortion bill unconstitutional (Feb. 4)Ark. lawmakers delay vote on 12 week abortion bill (Feb. 12)Changed abortion bill fails Ark. House panel vote (Feb. 14)Ark. panel approves 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 19)Poll: 3/5 of Ark. voters support proposed abortion ban at 12 weeks (Feb. 21)Ark. Senate panel advances 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 27)Ark. Senate approves 12 week abortion ban (Feb. 28)Beebe vetoes 12 week abortion ban (March 4)Override of Beebe's veto may open state to litigation (March 4)State Senate overrides Gov. Beebe's veto on 12 week abortion bill (March 5)House overrides Beebe's veto; 12 week abortion bill now law (March 6)Ark. GOP lawmaker says machine didn't record vote (March 7)