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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Less than a month ago I was in Phoenix talking about the work we do to make voting easier for all Americans at TEDxPhoenix. Yesterday I made a return engagement, via satellite, to talk with Pat McReynolds on Phoenix’s CBS 5 all about our movement. I couldn’t have introduced the segment any better than Pat did:

Have you ever wondered why we vote on the first Tuesday in November? Well, the answer may be an interesting historical fact but it doesn’t make a lot of sense in modern day society.

Pat asked me about why elected officials haven’t been receptive to moving Election Day to the weekend, the role apathy plays in low voter turnout, and more. Watch the video to check out our complete conversation.

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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.

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