Standing Vote / Division Vote (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Standing Vote / Division Vote

Coins Standing , by Michael Ocampo

Coins Standing , by Michael Ocampo

A non-recorded vote used in both the House and Senate. (A standing vote is also called a division vote.) A division vote can be demanded by any member after a voice vote is taken. The chair or presiding officer can either ask for a show of hands or ask members to stand. In a standing vote, members in favor of a proposal stand and are counted by the presiding officer. Then members opposed stand and are counted. There is no record of how individual members voted. Division votes are rarely employed.

Also see § 6.130, House Floor: Voting, § 6.250, Voting in the Senate, in Congressional Deskbook.

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