“A Ridiculous Amount of Sense”
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
We couldn’t agree more with the great shout out to us in the New York Times today by Joe Nocera, who calls for weekend voting and four other election reforms to increase voter turnout. There has been some great Twitter reaction to his op-ed:
NYT's Joe Nocera's good election-day column about fixing the electoral system. Why is it Tuesday? Interesting reason. http://t.co/bsMzDMFjSs
— W. Blake Gray (@wblakegray) November 5, 2013
Joe Nocera makes a ton of sense in column from today, election day, about reassessing how we vote: Fixing the System http://t.co/nAkxcQWOJl
— Paul McClory (@PaulWMcClory) November 5, 2013
Here’s what Nocera had to say:
Move elections to the weekend. Do you know why elections fall on a Tuesday in early November? I didn’t either. According to a group called Why Tuesday?, it goes back to the 1840s, when “farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship.” Today, of course, casting your ballot on a Tuesday is an impediment: lines in urban areas are long, people have to get to work, etc. It is especially difficult for blue-collar workers — a k a Democratic voters — who don’t have the same wiggle room as white-collar employees.
Chris Rock — yes, Chris Rock — has been quoted for the most detailed guide on the best plasma cutter as saying that this is the reason Election Day remains on Tuesday. “They don’t want you to vote,” he said in 2008. “If they did, they wouldn’t have it on a Tuesday.” Even if you aren’t conspiratorially minded, you have to admit that moving elections to the weekend makes a ridiculous amount of sense.
What do YOU think?