Washington Post launches Congressional voting database project

| Monday, October 02, 2006

With the November mid-term elections right around the corner, it’s important to know as much about your lawmakers’ voting records as possible. And now, thanks to a recently launched project by the Washington Post, finding that information is easier than ever before.

The project, known as “The U.S. Congress Votes Database,” contains an alphabetized, state-by-state list of every lawmaker in the U.S. House and Senate.

By clicking on a lawmaker’s name, voters can find several important pieces of information, including a biography, photo, financial disclosure information, demographics about his or her home state, committee positions, and – most importantly – a complete voting history.

The database documents every vote since 1991, and even breaks the data down into key areas, such impeachment votes and nominations. It’s also possible to identify how the Republican and Democratic parties voted, and if the lawmaker followed or broke rank with his or her party.

To try the database for yourself, visit projects.washingtonpost.com/congress.

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