WT? Helping DC Vote
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Our board member and resident scholar Norm Ornstein has a piece in today’s Washington Post all about increasing Washington D.C.’s voter turnout.
Improving voter turnout, the great DC experiment: http://t.co/GVFTr3S7gH
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 21, 2014
You probably will not be surprised by his first suggestion:
Move Election Day to the weekend.
Here’s what Norm has to say about weekend voting:
As the group WhyTuesday.org has pointed out, the practice of holding elections on Tuesdays stems from an 1845 law meant to accommodate an agrarian society that is long gone. Today, voting on a workday is a burden for most Americans, and it just isn’t necessary. The District is free to move its local elections to the weekend. Ideally, Election Day would be a 24-hour period running from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, to avoid both religious conflicts and the inevitable morning and evening “rush hours” created by voters flocking to the polls before and after work. But if voting over two days is too onerous or expensive, the city could have Election Day on either Saturday or Sunday, with early voting a few days beforehand for those who are away on the weekend or can’t vote on the Sabbath.