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How do you view senators' voting records?

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Several websites track the voting records of U.S. senators, such as the Washington Post's U.S. Congress Votes Database. Roll call votes can be found on the official Senate website, although the site does not organize voting records by individual Senator.

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The Washington Post's database, which is organized by year, allows the user to pick a senator and see every vote the senator cast during that year. It also shows how often the senator votes with his party. It also displays "key votes" — a sampling of votes the senator has cast that shed light on his political positions.

The U.S. Senate's official website allows users to look at each roll call vote. For a given bill, a list of Senators in alphabetical order, and the Senators' individual votes are provided. Roll call votes are the only type of vote that is recorded in the Senate. Other types include voice votes and standing votes.

Voice votes are called out on the floor ("aye" or "no"). Standing votes take place when members stand up to indicate their support, and the presiding officer counts the number of people who are standing. Senators are not recorded by name for voice votes or standing votes.

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