When first loaded, the list will be all the current members in the legislature sorted by the number of times the legislator voted opposite from the majority of the member's fellow caucus member.
At the top of the list are buttons you can click to change the sort order of the listing.
You also can change the list of members by changing the list category:
- All Members: Displays every member regardless of party-line votes.
- Party Mavericks: Displays members who voted at least once opposite of their party colleagues.
- Party Loyalists: Displays members who never voted, even once, opposite from their party colleagues.
To see details about a particular legislator's vote(s), double click the vote line. That will display popup with a detailed list of votes cast by the member containing a description of each issue and a breakdown of the votes by party. The votes listed will depend on the list category you selected:
- Party Mavericks: will display the votes in which the member voted differently from party colleagues.
- Party Loyalists: will display every vote in MDN's database.
- All Members: will display the maverick votes for a member who cast at least one party-maverick votes. Otherwise, all votes cast in the chamber will be listed.
Ultimately, for this vote-list popup, I plan to provide two tables in the specific list for a member -- one with the maverick votes, if any, then a table of loyalist votes, if any.
Excluded are votes for which there was not a clear dominate issue, such as an omnibus bill containing multiple subjects making it impossible to ascertain a specific issue upon which a legislator was voting.
The categorization of a party maverick is based on yes/no votes and does not include absentees or "present" votes. If there is not a single yes/no vote contrary to the majority of the member's party, that member will be categorized as a party loyalist.
The list does not include legislators who did not serve the full year. It just seemed unfair to rank for a full session a legislator who served only part of the session.
In addition, these lists do not cover special sessions, but that feature may be added in the future.