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DescriptionManipulate legislative roll call data

About VoteView

VOTEVIEW is software designed to manipulate legislative roll call data. The data--currently available with Voteview--is all individual roll call votes in the United States House and Representatives and Senate for the first 106 Congresses (1789-2000), maps of congressional districts, codebooks with descriptive information on the roll calls, codings of the roll calls into thematic and topical categories, and the Poole-Rosenthal DW-NOMINATE ideological scores for members. The software provides a display of any vote either on a map of the United States or on a "spatial" map based on DW-NOMINATE scores. Users can search for roll calls either sequentially or by use of the pre-set categories or by user-generated key word searches. The displays also permit cross-tabulations of two votes, even in different Congresses. Voteview also shows party breakdowns on a vote. Users can either print the roll-call voting data or write it to a spreadsheet ready file. Maps can also be printed. Users can also select a set of votes and generate "ratings" for legislators or track and individual's voting records. There are many other features in Voteview. It was designed to be user-friendly, with substantial on-line "help" available in conventional Windows form.

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the Voteview zip file (link below)
  2. Click on "setup.exe" to start the installation process.
  3. Unzip the "" and "" to your desktop.
  4. Move the Unzipped "House" data files to the "House" subdirectory ("c:\Program Files\Voteview\House\")
  5. Move the Unzipped "Senate" data files to the "House" subdirectory ("c:\Program Files\Voteview\Senate\")
  6. Click on the Voteview for Windows icon through the Start menu to run Voteview.


VoteView Installer for Windows