The Struggle To Increase Voter Turnout
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
This morning I explained to Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point why Americans have historically voted on Tuesdays and why we should move Election Day to the weekend. Soledad brought up that in Puerto Rico, Election Day is a holiday and turnout can get up to 90% of eligible voters. Her point was great, and I told her as much:
As you said, in Puerto Rico, [Election Day is] a national holiday. People are out in the streets celebrating. In America, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November is a work day, just like any other day. In New Hampshire, where you are right now, it’s one of the most political states in the entire Union and the last primary election for president held there 53% of the people showed up to vote.
Watch the video for more of our conversation.