From Dec 1853 to Mar 1863, May missed 638 of 1,245 roll call votes, which is 51.2%. This is much worse than the median of 27.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1863. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1853-Mar 1854||114||63||55.3%||93rd|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||155||54||34.8%||64th|
|Dec 1861-Feb 1862||75||49||65.3%||93rd|
|Dec 1862-Mar 1863||273||152||55.7%||81st|
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