From Jun 1868 to Mar 1871, McDonald missed 188 of 1,031 roll call votes, which is 18.2%. This is better than the median of 27.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1871. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||156||45||28.8%||63rd|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||81||9||11.1%||35th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||194||59||30.4%||51st|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo