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Searching by Rollcall Vote

Searching by Rollcall Vote

Learn how to search for and locate records of congressional rollcall votes.


In order for either house of Congress to do much of anything, it must take a vote. The Constitution governs the procedures for congressional voting. Members of the senate typically vote by voice, shouting “yea” or “nay” to the presiding officer. If the voice vote is unclear, a standing vote may be requested. This is called a division vote. 

If, however, one-fifth of a quorum of senators request it, senators will vote by a procedure known as rollcall voting. During a rollcall vote, each...