TO AMEND S. 511 (12 STAT 731, APP. MAR. 3, 1863), A BILL PROVIDING FOR ENROLLING AND CALLING OUT THE NATIONAL FORCES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; WHICH AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO EXEMPT MEMBERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS AND STATE OFFICERS FROM MILITARY SERVICE. (P. 979-3)
Feb 16, 1863
Senate Vote #684
Our database of roll call votes from 1789-1989 (1990 for House votes) comes from an academic data source, VoteView.com, that has digitized paper records going back more than 200 years. Because of the difficulty of this task, the accuracy of these vote records is reduced..
In particular, these records do not distinguish between Members of Congress not voting (abstaining) from Members of Congress who were not eligible to vote because they had not yet taken office, or for other reasons. As a result, you may see Senate votes with more than 100 senators listed! But, typically, the extra senators will be listed as not voting.
“Aye” and “Yea” mean the same thing, and so do “No” and “Nay”. Congress uses different words in different sorts of votes.
The U.S. Constitution says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). Congress takes this literally and uses “yea” and “nay” when voting on the final passage of bills.
All Senate votes use these words. But the House of Representatives uses “Aye” and “No” in other sorts of votes.