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Today’s Lesson: Tuesday Voting

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

We’re excited to announce that my February 2012 talk at TED Active about our work has been chosen to be a part of the curriculum of TED-Ed, the education initiative from the TED conference. Now students around the country — and the world — will all have a chance to learn the absurd answer to why Americans vote on Tuesday. Here’s the video description from the team at TED-Ed:

Since 1845, Americans have been voting on Tuesdays — but why? In this humorous talk, Jacob Soboroff shares the history of Election Day and shows how voting on a Tuesday affects voter turnout.

It was an honor to take the main stage in Palm Springs this year, and an even greater honor for all of the attendees at the main TED conference in Long Beach to see the talk presented on the main stage there. We’ve got photos from both Palm Springs and Long Beach, so be sure to check those out.

Most importantly, you can join us and our campaign to move Election Day from Tuesday — where it’s been for 167 years — to the weekend by signing our petition now.

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I fully support the idea -- expressed by two people so far -- of moving general elections to Veterans Day.

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Keep the day as Tuesday but make it a National Holiday so the legitimate companies will pay holiday for the time off...

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