In a now deleted Twitter post, Rep. Lance Gooden (Texas) reportedly said that he pushed the wrong button by accident, as he was the only Republican senator to vote for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, reported The Hill.
“I accidentally pressed the wrong voting button and realized it too late. I have changed the official record to reflect my opposition to the partisan George Floyd Policing Act,” wrote Gooden in the tweet, according to The Washington Post.
The Policing Act seek to bring many police policy changes , among which are outlawing chokeholds, ending religious and racial profiling and banning certain no-knock warrants.
“I have arguably the most conservative/America First voting record in Congress!” said Gooden in another tweet.
“Of course I wouldn’t support the racial left’s, Anti-Police Act. I have changed the official record to reflect my opposition!”
With 220 for, and 112 against vote, the legislation passed the House late Wednesday.
Accidental voting is not unusual in legislature noted The Post, though the consequences have more impact, on both state and federal levels.
According to the newspaper, North Carolina senator Becky Carney (D), accidentally voted “yes” on a veto against the bill she had lobbied against, and helped legalize fracking in her state. As changing her vote would change the outcome, she was not allowed to reverse her vote under the chamber’s rules.