Roll-Call Vote Law and Legal Definition

Roll-Call Vote is one among the several ways of voting that exist in the U.S. parliament. In roll call vote, the vote of each member is recorded. In this system of voting, Senators vote as their names are called by the clerk. Each House Member has a voting card. They have to insert the cards at voting stations and a running count of votes is displayed. The recording of each member's vote is usually done electronically. The names of those voting for and against a motion will be recorded. Roll-call votes and recorded teller votes are the only votes for which a public record is made of how individual members of Congress voted. Only a few numbers of bills receive a roll call vote. A roll call vote must be held if demanded by one-fifth of a quorum of Senators present, a minimum of 11, as per the Constitution. Roll call votes are also known as recorded or machine votes.