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Friday, October 3rd, 2008

The election between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama may shatter voter turnout records. Even so, since 1945, less than half of all Americans have voted, and today the United States ranks 139 out of 172 in voter participation. Sign our petition to ask moderator Tom Brokaw to ask the candidates about America’s voting system at the 10/7 debate!

What’s the number one reason consistently given by the 100 million American nonvoters in the US Census? They are “too busy” to vote.

We vote on Tuesday, smack in the middle of the work week, because of an 1845 law set to make it convenient for the largely agrarian society of the time to vote. If the United States government can move Thanksgiving for the convenience of retailers (1939) and Washington’s birthday, Veterans Day and Memorial Day for the convenience of shoppers (1971), why can’t we move Election Day for the convenience of voters?

MyDebates.org is a partnership between MySpace and the Commission on Presidential Debates. At MyDebates.org, anyone can suggest a question for moderator Tom Brokaw to ask the candidates at the October 7th Presidential Debate in Nashville, Tennesee.

We need your help! Watch the video on this page, read the question for the candidates we submitted below, then click this link to sign our petition to have the state of America’s voting system addressed by Senators Obama and McCain!

Do you support the Weekend Voting Act? Moving Election Day to Saturday and Sunday makes voting more convenient, adds pollworkers, and eases the Tuesday rush. What are your plans to sustain increased voter participation for generations to come?

Click here to sign the petition!

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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

The Answer

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

Recent Comments

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?