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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008


On January 23, 1845, the United States Congress set the Tuesday after the First Monday in November to be the one and only day when Americans choose our president.

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What do our presidential candidates think of the United States’ voting system today? 13 of 16 candidates have responded to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge and told us. Check out their answers here.

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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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