Local reps miss few votes

August 1, 2013

By Kristine Kim

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In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, Newcastle legislators missed hardly any votes.

WashingtonVotes.org tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.

State Sen. Steve Litzow and state Rep. Marcie Maxwell did not miss a single vote, while state Rep. Judy Clibborn missed 15.

“There are many reasons why legislators miss votes, such as civic or public service obligations, legislative negotiations and medical and family emergencies,” Franz W. Gregory, director of WashingtonVotes.org, said in a statement.

On the online posting of the same list of missed votes, WashingtonVotes.org includes the disclaimer note that users of the list should “always ask before jumping to conclusions” about a legislator’s record of missed votes.

Litzow and Maxwell joined the ranks of 51 other Washington legislators who didn’t miss any votes in this year’s session. Ten of all the Washington state politicians missed more than 50 votes.

The 2013 Legislative session included 694 roll-call votes for the House and 619 for the senate.

According to WashingtonVotes.org, the missed votes include “all roll calls in which a legislator did not vote, regardless of whether the legislator was present or absent.”


By the numbers

Newcastle’s legislators cover the 41st legislative district.

  • Steve Litzow, R-Bellevue — 0
  •  Marcie Maxwell, D-Renton — 0
  •  Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island— 15


Source: WashingtonVotes.org

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