From Mar 1836 to Jan 1842, Alford missed 559 of 1,098 roll call votes, which is 50.9%. This is much worse than the median of 26.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1842. 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 1836-Mar 1837||81||31||38.3%||89th|
|Dec 1839-Feb 1840||170||39||22.9%||64th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||123||44||35.8%||65th|
|Dec 1841-Mar 1842||1||1||100.0%||98th|
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