(The Center Square) – A total of 62 Washington lawmakers missed 717 votes combined during the 2021 legislative session, new data shows.
According to data from Washington Votes, a public service from the free-market think tank Washington Policy Center, most of the state lawmakers in question missed a few votes on average during the 105-day session.
Washington lawmakers this session voted to allow remote voting at the Capitol during the pandemic. The move spurred some technical difficulties on the floor in 2021. Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, failed to connect via the internet during a vote in March.
Missed votes in the Washington Legislature this session were split evenly along party lines. In the House, 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans missed at least one vote out of 98 members of the chamber. In the Senate, 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans missed one vote or more out of 49 members.
Lawmakers miss votes for various reasons, including illness, family or attending to their other duties outside of Olympia. All of the above applied to the five state lawmakers who missed 221 votes combined. read more