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Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Johnston, IA

JOHNSTON, IOWA — We’re inside the debate. Check out the picture at right to see how we got here.

Why did we do it? To illustrate the antiquated reason, an 1845 federal law, that determines why Americans choose the President of the United States the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, a day smack in the middle of the workweek.

We’re now in the press filing center of the debate, which is almost over. Not surprisingly, not a peep about the state of our voting system. We’ll try and catch up with the remaining candidates who haven’t responded to our Candidate Challenge after the debate.

Earlier: Welcome, Brian Lehrer Listeners!

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Why Tuesday? is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005 to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections... More

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In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote... More

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

Posted by John on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

Posted by Patrick on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

I think weekend voting would make the most sense, as people wouldn't have tu run home after work or wake up early to hit the polling stations beforehand.

Posted by Zander on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?