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Election Day Message: Vote!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Tuesday is yet another Election Day, a time when our nation should be celebrating our democracy, held up around the globe as an example for other nations to follow. Yet voter turnout in America is anemic, ranking near the bottom of all countries in the world. And our right to vote is in jeopardy because of restrictive voting practices throughout the United States.

In the spirit of the Civil Rights movement, Why Tuesday? has for the past eight years fought for a conversation about how to protect all Americans right to vote, and to increase voter turnout, with a simple question: why do we vote on Tuesday?

Today, as the Weekend Voting Act was reintroduced to Congress, two members of our team, Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III, have recorded a voice message to both encourage all Americans to get out to vote, but also to think about how we can all come together as Republicans and Democrats to make our voting system work for everyone.

Here’s the full transcript of the message:

Martin Luther King III: Hello, this is Martin Luther King III. My father, Martin Luther King Jr., often said that a voteless people is a powerless people, and that the most important step that we can take is that short step to the ballot box. That’s why I’m urging you to vote this Tuesday. I know this Tuesday can be difficult with work and family obligations. But the time is always right to do that which is right. So please, exercise your right, and be sure to vote.

Ambassador Andrew Young: This is Andy Young. Do you know why Election Day is on Tuesday? So you won’t vote. WhyTuesday.org has proudly paid for this call.

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Why Tuesday? is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005 to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections... More

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In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote... More

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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...

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In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

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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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