Vote Early and (not so) Often tracks every bill and every amendment introduced each year in the Michigan Legislature. It also tallies the number of roll call votes each legislator misses every year. Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh, who has put together the annual count since 2001, said the information should not be used to jump to any conclusions about a particular legislator. Several votes can be missed in just one day, for example, and extenuating circumstances can be involved that cause a legislator to miss session days, such as a severe illness or military duty.

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The report, released Dec. 31, was highlighted by The Flint Journal, the Observer & EccentricLudington Daily NewsAnnArbor.comThe Detroit News, WILX, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News and The Grand Rapids Press.