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Our Co-Founder Breaks It Down

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Earlier this week Ralph Nader hosted a forum, as part of his Debating Taboos series, between our co-founder Norm Ornstein and Fred Smith about mandatory voting. In this clip, Norm discusses Why Tuesday? and weekend voting. He makes clear he thinks, as we do, the reason we vote on Tuesday is a bit… outdated.

Why do we vote on Tuesdays? It’s not because it’s written in the Constitution or it came down from the framers. It has to do with market day back in the 19th century. I’d like to move our elections to the weekend. Have a 24-hour voting period from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. Maybe have a couple of days of early voting. You need to make it easier for people to vote, you need to make it easier for people to register, you need to move away from the notions that there are incentives for parties to keep this limited to a fringe or small group of activists and open up a process and make it less difficult for people to vote.

To watch the full debate, click here.

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