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Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

The answer may surprise you.

In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. 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. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was. In 1875 Congress extended the Tuesday date for national House elections and in 1914 for federal Senate elections.

Today, we are an urban society, and we all know how hard it is to commute to our jobs, take care of the children, and get our work done, let alone stand on lines to vote. Indeed, Census data over the last decade clearly indicates that the inconvenience of voting is the primary reason Americans are not participating in our elections.

If we can move Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday for the convenience of shoppers, why not make Election Day more convenient for the sake of voters? First and foremost, it is time to end the deafening silence of good people on this vitally important issue. So we ask: Why Tuesday?

154 Responses to “Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?”

  1. Oliver Says:

    I think voting should be mandatory unless a special op-out for the few that it could be a problem for or those who have lost the right through in process.

  2. Carolyn Ericsson Says:

    I don’t understand the Electoral Congress. My vote, many times , won’t even count. Needs to be changed to popular vote, not Party vote, which can be so biased. What makes the Party think they should have the final decision of who gets into the White House.

  3. Donald J. Trump Says:

    DJ Trump also says, If you vote on Tuesday you’re an american, an other you’re a Mexican homo. Also if you don’t vote Trump, you’re a big dummy. If you believe Obama should stay in office, you’ll be disappointed to know that his birth certificate is not in Hawaii as he so claims, but is actually on Pluto. You want a non-american on the throne? Then prepare for martians and marshmallow roasting. Also Sunday is a horrible day to vote that’s the day I go to my pleasure chamber in Trumpity Towers. Sunday is the day Gay Rights Movements to place, you really be voting for your next ruler while rainbows and unicorns who call themselves men wait and scream for rights that they already have? You’re already allowed to be gay, do they really need more? That’s dumb move there dummy Dave.

  4. Cathy Says:

    Are you still active? I am hoping to advocate for weekend polling, for our local consolidated elections. Currently in Illinois, schools are the number one polling place. School districts need be more security conscious, and having hundreds of folks walk through the doors on school days, puts students at risk. Any advice, or recent activity on this work at the national level?

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Are you still active? I am hoping to advocate for weekend polling, for our local consolidated elections...

Posted by Cathy on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

DJ Trump also says, If you vote on Tuesday you're an american, an other you're a Mexican homo. Also if you don't vote Trump, you're a big dummy...

Posted by Donald J. Trump on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

I don't understand the Electoral Congress. My vote, many times , won't even count. Needs to be changed to popular vote, not Party vote, which can be so biased...

Posted by Carolyn Ericsson on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?