From Mar 1871 to Mar 1877, Bell missed 257 of 799 roll call votes, which is 32.2%. This is worse than the median of 26.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1877. 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 1871-Feb 1872||89||23||25.8%||70th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||24||16.0%||28th|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||60||19||31.7%||75th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||125||43||34.4%||78th|
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