From Mar 1908 to Mar 1921, Smith missed 1,154 of 2,511 roll call votes, which is 46.0%. This is much worse than the median of 25.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1921. 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 1910-Mar 1911||52||15||28.8%||61st|
|Dec 1911-Mar 1912||35||18||51.4%||81st|
|Dec 1912-Mar 1913||111||41||36.9%||77th|
|Dec 1913-Feb 1914||59||14||23.7%||46th|
|Dec 1914-Mar 1915||117||39||33.3%||56th|
|Dec 1915-Feb 1916||40||24||60.0%||89th|
|Dec 1916-Mar 1917||159||81||50.9%||83rd|
|Dec 1917-Feb 1918||34||4||11.8%||33rd|
|Dec 1918-Mar 1919||55||48||87.3%||95th|
|Dec 1919-Feb 1920||56||32||57.1%||80th|
|Dec 1920-Mar 1921||87||42||48.3%||76th|
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