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Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Welcome! Today we’re launching our Candidate Challenge, inviting you to become a WT? correspondent, and unveiling our new website and vlog! Watch the video to find our more, and sign up at the top of the page to stay involved.

Today, Why Tuesday? starts a new chapter in its push for election reform. Each Tuesday, we’ll be posting a new episode to our video blog about problems with (and proposed solutions for) our broken voting system.

But we need your videos to force change. Since our founding in 2005, we’ve been traveling the country asking two simple questions, “Why do we vote on Tuesday?” and “What can we do to fix our broken voting system?” Now, we need you to go out and get the answers. Ask your mayor, State Representative, City Councilman, anyone willing to share their thoughts — and get it on video. Become a Why Tuesday? correspondent.

We’re also issuing our “Candidate Challenge” to ALL of the presidential candidates: outline your plan for election reform in a video response to this video. All 17 camps (8 Democrat, 9 Republican), have until October 30th to submit their videos. And we’re going to call them out if they ignore our challenge.

But this movement starts with you, and it starts in our local communities. Currently, voting regulations and processes are set by the states and by local governments. That’s why we need you to go out and ask your local representatives (mayor, alderman, state representative, whomever) what they aim to do about our broken voting system. Imagine the national discussion we can generate if we blanket the country with people just like you, asking the tough questions.

Will you become a Why Tuesday? correspondent?

We’re fixing our voting system, one question at a time. But the movement begins with you.

14 Responses to “The Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge”

  1. Mark Mersky Says:

    We should either have 24 hour clock – coast to coast for voting – pick any day. Or, weekend voting to maximize turnout.

  2. peggy mckean Says:

    how about we do it where we keep the pencil/computer one but!!! at the top there’s a “reciept” to keep, like a waitress pad. then you can go to the local library to check that who you voted for was applied to the proper tally??? it would be private except that you showed up to vote, but we would also know if there was error through newspapers, internet & such.

  3. peggy mckean Says:

    “reciept” so check your vote later?

  4. Jacob Soboroff Says:

    Mark and Peggy, both of your suggestions are ones that continue to be a part of the election reform debate. Amazingly, in the USA we can track our FedEx and UPS packages down to the very city they are in… but we can’t even check to be sure our vote was counted. Thanks for joining the dialogue. Sign up at the top of the page to stay involved!

  5. Jeff Waters Says:

    I have been wandering the same thing since the last election. I did receive a receipt but there is no way to check to see that my vote was counted or not changed in anyway. It can’t be too difficult to have each precinct post it’s results online. When you vote, you should receive a pin number that you can verify your vote was counted correctly. Your vote could be shown on line for everyone to see, and everyone could check the tally to make sure the results are right. By getting a identification number, you could match it up online, see that your vote is correct, and only you would know that it was your vote. After the last two national elections, I have lost all faith in our electoral system. I feel that voting has become the largest scam ever, and until we take back the voting method so that it works for us, we are no longer a free people.

  6. TONY Says:

    I have faith in the counting process. A receipt would keep things honest, but would also provide instant proof of “lost or misplaced” ballots. As far as the Tuesday thing, eh…no big deal. I think it should be a national holiday. The biggest reason the US has such poor turn out is because a large percentage of Americans are just plain lazy. Thats right I said it! Not disenfranchised, just plain old L A Z Y!!! It takes time and effort to register. Then you have to actually figure out where to go and vote. Then you have to actually have some kind of idea of who the candidates are. Every time I hear some one say “Its all fixed anyway, none of the candidates are any good” it shows they have no clue and probably shouldn’t be voting anyway.You want to maximize people at the poles, serve free pizza or burgers with every vote. In all actuality, you cant force people to do something they really don’t care about.Whats really sad is the voter turn out at the “other than presidential” election days. I couldn’t believe it last year when I came to work with my “I voted today” sticker on my shirt, and a self proclaimed “political know it all” I worked with didn’t even know there was any election going on.(and later claimed not to care because the off year elections don’t really matter anyway) I would like to see more stringent rules on Advertising. There should be a 2 week blackout on advertising leading up to the election. 2nd and 3rd party advertising should be banned forever (most of them could be contested as slander in a court of law anyway, and some of them remind me of WWII Germany propaganda which creeps me out). On the issue of the Electoral college, it was genius when the forefathers created it, and it still works today. Unless you can suggest a fair way smaller states can have a voice in a national election? If we went with popular vote, candidates wouldn’t bother with smaller populated states. They would concentrate their campaigning and their administrative powers and dollars on the biggest cities in the biggest states. Like I said, the Forefathers were genius’.

  7. AllAboutVoting Says:

    I’ve been writing a lot recently about “end-to-end verifiable” voting systems.

    Raising E2E verifiability in the public eye.

    There are a number of such systems proposed. For example, PunchScan.

    -AllAboutVoting

  8. AllAboutVoting Says:

    These end-to-end verifiable systems provide essentially what the earlier commenters asked for – a receipt by which a voter can verify that their vote was counted as cast. This is done without compromising the principle of a secret ballot.

  9. glen still Says:

    Since it is now possible to TRACK every single IP ADDRESS i propose that we start using Internet Technology to cast votes.

  10. Jacob Soboroff Says:

    Glen, in our episode that I’m editing now and will post here on Tuesday, California Secretary of State Debra proposes the same thing… but she still thinks that that technology is 25 years away.

  11. Rosa Says:

    Great project, and good luck on spreading the word.

    One note, however: the right to vote is not entitled to every American citizen over the age of 18. All convicted felons in federal prisons and most felons (even ex-felons) in state prisons are barred from the right to vote. Hopefully you’ll mention this in future episodes?

    Until then, I look forward to seeing how far this project can go!

  12. Jacob Soboroff Says:

    Rosa, point well taken. It’s something we’ll definitely address in a future episode.

  13. Bob Says:

    Trying to get more people to vote sounds like a good idea, but when you think about it, it really isn’t. When you turn 18, you have the right to vote, but not the obligation. Your responsibility, as an American Citizen, is to make an educated and informed vote. Why do we need more people to vote? There’s a lot of stupid people out there. Not voting is sometimes the right choice. Why not Tuesday?

  14. Jacob Soboroff Says:

    Bob, I think asking “why ONLY Tuesday?” might be a different way of asking the same question. that way, if someone has a logistical problem with voting on Election Day, it’s not Tuesday or bust. remember – in 15 states there is no early or no-excuse absentee voting.

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