Historically, during events like presidential impeachment proceedings, certain House members have expressed safety concern due to the public exposure of their votes, leading to a desire for secret voting.
I am interested in understanding the legitimacy and procedural aspects of conducting secret votes in the US House of Representatives, particularly when concerns for members' safety are a factor.
- Under what circumstances, if any, does the House of Representatives have the authority or mechanisms to conduct votes in secrecy?
- What procedures or rules would need to be invoked or followed to ensure a vote is conducted in secrecy?
- Can members express concerns about their safety as a valid reason for requesting a secret vote, and how is such a request typically evaluated or approved?
- Are there historical precedents or instances where secret votes have been conducted in the House of Representatives due to concerns about members' safety, and if so, what were the outcomes?
I would appreciate factual information, references to relevant rules or precedents, and insights into the legal and procedural aspects of this issue. Understanding the mechanisms in place for addressing safety concerns in the voting process is of particular interest.
Sure, not a problem, per the pop-up suggestion to edit and explain why, I wanted to clarify specifically why Why are congressional votes not secret? does not answer my questions.
- It doesn't delve into specific circumstances or mechanisms for conducting secret votes in detail.
- It does not provide specific procedures or rules for conducting secret votes.
- It does not address whether safety concerns can be a valid reason for requesting a secret vote or how such requests are typically evaluated or approved.
- It does not provide historical examples of secret votes due to safety concerns or their outcomes.
Note: It provides some constitutional and historical context regarding the possibility of secrecy in congressional proceedings, it does not directly answer the specific questions about the legitimacy, procedures, and historical precedents related to secret votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, especially when concerns about members' safety are a factor. I'm seeking additional information or sources to address these specific aspects of this inquiry.