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