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National Journal: What’s So Special About Tuesday?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

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Jessica Taylor of the National Journal, the weekly on politics and government, takes a look at our efforts. I had a chance to talk with her yesterday afternoon. Check it out.

4 Responses to “National Journal: What’s So Special About Tuesday?”

  1. AllAboutVoting Says:

    Good article.

    >”This is something we should be talking about,”
    >Soboroff said. “Who’s against voter participation?”

    Playing devil’s advocate for a moment, there arguments against it. You’ve heard some yourself in your interviews. I am not espousing any of these views here – I’m just mentioning some of the arguments.

    * some argue that election integrity is more important than ease of participation. From an integrity point of view, many advocates want a single election day with results counted per-precinct. Vote-by-internet and vote-by-mail and vote-over a longer period of time all have significant election integrity issues.

    * Some argue that having small barriers to participation is a good thing and results in only voters who are informed and have a sufficiently strong view to show up and vote.

    …and then there is he question of whether moving away from our current election-Tuesday system would increase participation:

    * Some argue that the tradition of election Tuesday is worthwhile simply because it is a tradition.

    * Some argue that turnout problems are not at all related to elections being on Tuesday but stem from other sources such as apathy or feelings that people cannot make a real difference. (In my view, WT? has a duty to research this question. Is there strong evidence that reforms like making Tuesday a holiday or weekend voting would significantly improve turnout?)

    * Some argue that making election Tuesday a national holiday or having weekend voting would actually reduce turnout as people would take vacations.

  2. National Journal: What’s So Special About Tuesday? « All About Voting Says:

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  3. AllAboutVoting Says:

    An example of a study showing increased voting access leading to reduced turnout:

    Patricia Funk on Swiss elections

    Some posited conclusions by Jeremy Clark of punchscan:

    (1) Internet voting will probably not have the intending effect of increasing turnout
    (2)Turnout can be increased by making the act of voting more visual to other people in society.
    (3) A great way to signal that you voted is a receipt.

    Maybe it is time to advocate for purple thumbs?

  4. Idetrorce Says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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