From Jan 1838 to Mar 1845, Merrick missed 467 of 1,814 roll call votes, which is 25.7%. This is much worse than the median of 16.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Mar 1845. 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 1837-Feb 1838||49||16||32.7%||81st|
|Dec 1838-Mar 1839||134||29||21.6%||35th|
|Dec 1840-Mar 1841||71||12||16.9%||50th|
|Dec 1841-Mar 1842||44||12||27.3%||70th|
|Dec 1842-Mar 1843||127||44||34.6%||84th|
|Dec 1844-Mar 1845||95||27||28.4%||85th|
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