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Greetings From #Nerdland

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Our Jacob Soboroff spoke with Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC program, aka #nerdland, this morning about the absurdity of Tuesday voting, particularly the fact that in 15 states over 60 million eligible voters are forced to vote only on Tuesday. Harris-Perry said why she likes what we’re doing:

I love this idea of actually question what our voting practices are, because I think typically we always think of — however we vote — we think of it as natural or True with a capital T, rather than the result of kind of political wrangling.

In the segment, Harris-Perry showed a map of the 15 states in which there is Tuesday-only voting.

Watch the complete conversation below, then take our survey to tell us how you would fix America’s low voter turnout.

3 Responses to “Greetings From #Nerdland”

  1. Jon Heim Says:

    This doesn’t make sense..most states have laws that gives you the right to have time off from work or school in order to vote…

  2. Ian Kosher Says:

    As many employees will tell you, having the right to take time off from work is not the same as not having the pressure to do so. Many more robust democracies vote on a Saturday or a Sunday. Make ours a paid holiday, and watch the voting rate zoom.

  3. Johny Says:

    How many vacationers would have to miss a weekend at the beach to stay home and vote?
    Single parents can’t justify the time to vote on Tuesday when working one of their jobs.
    Students might not be able to justify missing tuesday classes to vote.
    We’re getting dressed for weekend voting!

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I had no idea voting on Tuesday was a thing. I just never took notice of the day of the week. Thanks for sharing!

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