Dispatches From The Polls
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Happy Election Day! First and foremost, even though Tuesday stinks, vote today. As Thomas Paine said, it’s the right which protects all others. That said, we still think voting on Tuesday is completely absurd and we vote on this day for absolutely no good reason whatsoever.
If you’re wondering why American voter turnout is so low, look no further than the day of the week. Particularly because 15 states where over 60 million eligible voters live cast ballots ONLY on Tuesday.
We’ve been monitoring Twitter for dispatches from the polls, and we wanted to share others frustrations with Tuesday with you.
Why do we vote on Tuesdays? I bet this line would be less ridiculous if we weren’t all trying to do this before work.
— Tori (@tiboribi) November 6, 2012
In line to vote. Which reminds me. Why Tuesdays? Why not online? Why does this country continue to treat us like 18th c agrarian landholders
— Jon (@WFNYJon) November 6, 2012
This is why turnout’s so low. Who in Australia would take 4 hours off work on a Tuesday to vote when they don’t have too.
— Osman Faruqi (@oz_f) November 6, 2012
Why do we vote on Tuesdays again? Saturday makes more sense to me. #mivote
— Brent Snavely (@BrentSnavely) November 6, 2012
Effectively deterred by long Brooklyn line, on my way to work…
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) November 6, 2012
Unfortunately, there are and will be plenty more tweets like this throughout the day. If you see them, send them our way at @WhyTuesday. And if you want to join our movement to move Election Day to the weekend so more people can vote, sign our petition to Congress and the President.