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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Back In Phoenix, Via Satellite

Less than a month ago I was in Phoenix talking about the work we do to make voting easier for all Americans at TEDxPhoenix. Yesterday I made a return engagement, via satellite, to talk with Pat McReynolds on Phoenix’s CBS 5 all about our movement. I couldn’t have introduced the segment any better than Pat did:

Have you ever wondered why we vote on the first Tuesday in November? Well, the answer may be an interesting historical fact but it doesn’t make a lot of sense in modern day society.

Pat asked me about why elected officials haven’t been receptive to moving Election Day to the weekend, the role apathy plays in low voter turnout, and more. Watch the video to check out our complete conversation. (more…)

Monday, December 5th, 2011

CBS: Time to stop voting Tuesdays?

I was at the CBS News Broadcast Center in New York last week to talk about our push to move Election Day to Saturday and Sunday to increase turnout. I sat down with senior political reporter Brian Montopoli and told him why we think it’s time to upgrade our voting system.

In 2011, coming onto 2012, we will be voting on a day and in a way that was set for an agrarian society 160-something years ago. Frankly it literally is just silly that we’re still voting on this day when so many Americans are working two jobs, don’t necessarily have time to make it to the polls before or after work.

Watch the complete interview and let us know what you think. (more…)

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

VIDEO: Voting Is What’s Trending

I stopped by the Los Angeles studio of What’s Trending, when else, this Tuesday, to talk with host Shira Lazar about who we are and what we do. The video of my appearance below. Douglas Sarine recaps my visit:

With the 2012 presidential race revving up, What’s Trending asked Jacob Soboroff of Why Tuesday to stop by the studio and a talk about the state of politics online.

We started off by finding out a bit more about the Why Tuesday organization and their goal. “I think that eventually, we might be able to move election day to the weekend, so more people can vote,” Soboroff suggested. (more…)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Oops, He Did It Again

Texas Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry added another “oops” moment to his campaign this week. This time, he seemingly told a New Hampshire audience he believes the voting age in the United States is 21. The Los Angeles Times was there:

“Those of you that will be 21 by Nov. 12th, I ask for your support and your vote,” Perry said to a crowd that included college students.

“Those of you who won’t be — just work hard — because you are going to inherit this and you’re counting on us to get this right. The idea that you’re looking at a $15-trillion debt, that you’re looking at entitlement programs that will not be there for you if we continue on this path, is not fair to you and it’s not right.” When you want to know more about managing debt, checkout latest reviews regarding debt consolidation.

The minimum voting age in the United States is 18.

Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t be a surprise Perry hasn’t responded to our challenge to the 2012 candidates to outline a plan to increase voter participation. Tomorrow we’ll release the full list of candidate responses and non-responses.

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Hasen: Time For Voting Rights Act 2.0

Earlier this mont we relaunched our efforts with a kickoff event at the Newseum in Washington (video) called “Creating The Voting Rights Act Of 2012.” Thursday in the New York Times UC Irvine professor and blogger Rick Hasen called for just that.

Congress needs to pass a new Voting Rights Act, national in scope, to move beyond these stale debates. We need fair, nonpartisan standards for election administration, that ensure that all eligible voters, and only eligible voters, get to vote, and that minority voting rights are protected.

If minority voters can’t count on the courts, let’s hope Congress acts. Otherwise, expect to see more states enact additional restrictions on voting and draw new electoral districts that will decrease minority voting strength.

You can read professor Hasen’s full Times op-ed here.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Candidate Challenge: Herman Cain

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has submitted the first video response to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge. Two weeks ago we asked all of the 2012 candidates, including President Obama, as we did in 2008, to send us a video with their ideas for increasing America’s low voter participation.

As you’ll see in Mr. Cain’s video, he specifically answers our question about whether or not he believes the American voting system is broken. Mr. Cain says he does not believe the American voting system is broken.

Mr. Cain acknowledges, however, America’s low voter turnout in his response. “More people need to participate,” he says, “in order to enhance the integrity as well as to better represent the voice of the people.” One of the fixes Mr. Cain says he’d like to see to “improve the integrity of our system,” is “requiring picture IDs” for voters. Watch the video for his complete answer. (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...

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

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

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

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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