From Dec 1853 to Mar 1857, Bell missed 630 of 1,336 roll call votes, which is 47.2%. This is much worse than the median of 25.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1857. 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 1853-Mar 1854||114||95||83.3%||99th|
|Dec 1854-Mar 1855||155||83||53.5%||94th|
|Dec 1855-Mar 1856||177||28||15.8%||42nd|
|Dec 1856-Mar 1857||231||161||69.7%||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