Your article on "top vote missers" among Orange County lawmakers (June 19) conveyed the false impression that unless a legislator has a 100% voting record, he or she is either playing hooky, gone fishing or taking an afternoon nap.
I happen to be a former aide to one of the legislators you listed as exceeding the so-called "average" of missed votes. Every person you listed in that category happens to be among the Republican leadership.
The fact is, however, that only yes or no votes are recorded by the Legislature. The records don't distinguish between abstaining from a vote and missing it. Nor do they distinguish between a true absence from a committee or floor session, and a momentary stepping out to confer with staff, attend to official matters of significant importance, or even to present a bill before a different committee.
By throwing out mounds of statistics without explaining in any depth what they may or may not mean, you have done your readers a disservice.