From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms
Standing Vote / Division Vote
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.
- § 6.130, House Floor: Voting, § 6.250, Voting in the Senate, in Congressional Deskbook
- Chapter 4.I. Voting; Chapter 5.M. Voting; Chapter 5.N. Final Passage; in Congressional Procedure
- Senate Rule XII – Voting Procedure
- House Rule XX – Voting And Quorum Calls
- “Ordering a Rollcall Vote in the Senate,” CRS Report RS20199 (5-page PDF)
- “Voting in the Senate: Forms and Requirements,” CRS Report 98-227 (3-page PDF)
- “Obtaining a Record Vote on the House Floor,” CRS Report RS20208 (6-page PDF)
- “Parliament and Congress: A Brief Comparison of the British House of Commons and the U.S. House of Representatives,” CRS Report RL32206 (22-page PDF)
- “House Committee Markups: Manual of Procedures and Procedural Strategies,” CRS Report R41083 (220-page PDF)
- “The Committee Markup Process in the House of Representatives,” CRS Report RL30244 (29-page PDF)
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