Proxy Voting Commences Despite GOP Lawsuit

For the first time in history, House lawmakers cast proxy votes on behalf of colleagues who were not present for the proceedings, a landmark move implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has further divided the chamber along partisan lines.

“As the member designated by Ms. Lofgren of California, pursuant to House Resolution 965, I inform the House that Ms. Lofgren will vote yea,” said Rep. Brendan F. Boyle. The third-term Pennsylvania Democrat cast the first-ever proxy vote on the House floor on behalf of his 13-term colleague, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, on a bill targeting human rights violations against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China.

To cast a vote by proxy, absent lawmakers sent letters electronically to the House clerk, identifying their proxy designee along with exact instructions on how to vote on each question on the floor.

The 72 Democrats who voted by proxy represent 19 different states. The California delegation had the most members, 26, vote by proxy, followed by Florida with eight members, Texas with six, New York with five and Illinois with four. No other state had more than three members vote by proxy.

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