One of the House's electronic vote recording machines gave off an error message Thursday morning when it was turned on for the day's proceedings, forcing officials to delay House activity until they could resolve the matter. The system glitch did not affect any of the day's votes, according to an official with the House's Office of the Clerk.

"They conduct a test every morning and there was an error message that was received so they wanted to retest the system to make sure it was working properly before any votes," said the official.

The electronic voting system was first used in 1973 to record a quorum call, but a version of the system was first proposed to Congress by Thomas Edison in 1869.

--Jordy Yager