From Mar 1871 to Dec 1876, Ely missed 348 of 732 roll call votes, which is 47.5%. This is much worse than the median of 26.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1876. 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||34||38.2%||81st|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||64||42.7%||83rd|
|Dec 1875-Mar 1876||59||23||39.0%||85th|
|Dec 1876-Mar 1877||13||7||53.8%||94th|
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