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WT? in the UCLA Daily Bruin (* updated)

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Former Senator and WT? honorary co-chair Bill Bradley’s appearance at UCLA last Friday got some press today in the school’s Daily Bruin newspaper. Alexandra Bornhoft writes that Bradley brought up WT? in a response to a question about low voter turnout:

Bradley answered by introducing the Why Tuesday? movement, a nonpartisan organization seeking to increase voter turnout by questioning the placement of Election Day on a Tuesday.

As honorary cochair of Why Tuesday?, Bradley said the idea of switching the day of the week on which elections are held could increase active citizen participation in politics.

Currently ranked 139th internationally in voter turnout, only 50 percent of Americans cast a vote, according to the Why Tuesday? Web site.

The No. 1 reason Americans cited for not voting was being too busy with schedule conflicts, normally because the day falls in the middle of the work week. Bradley said he believes a simple solution would be to move Election Day to the weekend.

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* Update, April 19: The Los Angeles blog LAist also has a piece up about Bradley’s appearance.

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