Post by Madrigal Gurneyhalt Post by Peter T. Daniels
What, exactly, would I google to find out what "Ayes on the right, NN; Noes
on the left, NN" means?
Do the MsP stand up and walk to one side of the room or the other? Is the
room big enough for 400 of them to be on one side and 200 on the other?
The members walk through two lobbies to the sides of the chamber
to register their vote. The Ayes pass through the lobby to the right
of the Speaker, the Noes through the lobby on the left. It is not
necessary at any point for all the voters to occupy the lobbies
simultaneously. It's England. They form an orderly queue and return
to their seats when their vote has been recorded.
Wow. How long does it take for 600+ people, some of them presumably
elderly and doddering, some of them perhaps movement-impaired, to do that?
Do they do that for every vote?
Are individuals' votes recorded, so that constituents can know what
their representatives are up to?
Whereas the House of Representatives decades ago installed electric, and
now electronic, voting, whereby each of the 435 registers a vote at their
desk, and the totals are visible as they come in, and the names are known.
The Senate, with only 100 members, resorts to a roll-call vote, especially
when the Majority wishes to embarrass Minority members so as to have
something to use against them in the next election.