Teller Vote (

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Teller Vote

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This is a largely moribund procedure in the House in the Committee of the Whole. Members file past tellers and are counted as for, or against, a measure, but they are not recorded individually. In the House, teller votes are ordered upon demand on one-fifth of a quorum. This is 44 in the House, 20 in the Committee of the Whole.


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Votes by tellers with clerks, in which each member fills out and signs a vote tally card and submits it to a designated clerk teller (House Rule XX clause 4). The recorded teller vote in the House is now largely supplanted by the electronic voting procedure, under which the votes of each member are made public just as they would be on a recorded vote.

Also see Committee of the Whole (; House; § 6.130, House Floor: Voting, in Congressional Deskbook.







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