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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Race To The Top, For Turnout


Our co-founder Norman J. Ornstein, pictured above at our 2012 kickoff, presents an interesting idea on the New York Times Campaign Stops blog today. Norm suggests a “Race To The Top” for voter turnout, with electoral votes on the line.

Race To The Top is the Obama education policy that rewards funding based on states hitting “education innovation” benchmarks. If we can do it for test scores, Norm wonders, why not for voting?

The 10 states that end up with the lowest turnout rates compared to the overall national turnout (based on percentage of all voters in the state, not percentage of registered voters) each lose one or two electoral votes, and the 10 states that have the highest turnout rates get a bonus electoral vote or two. (more…)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Conyers Holds Voting Rights Hearing

One week after we kicked off our 2012 campaign with a call for a Voting Rights Act of 2012, Congressman John Conyers chaired a congressional forum in Washington, D.C. to hear testimony about the current voting rights crisis in the United States.

“The loudest sound that exists in a democratic society is the voice of a voter in an election. Ensuring that every veteran, every senior citizen, every student – whether born or naturalized – has the right to vote should not be a partisan issue, it should be a legal and moral imperative of both parties,” said Rep. Conyers in a statement.

We’d like to thank Matthew Segel, our friend and partner from Our Time, who testified to the committee and advocated moving Election Day from Tuesday to the weekend to increase participation. (more…)

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Mimi Marziani Joins Our Advisory Board


Mimi Murray Digby Marziani, third from left at our 2012 kickoff, is joining the Why Tuesday? advisory board.

We are thrilled to announce Mimi Murray Digby Marziani is joining the Why Tuesday? advisory board. Mimi, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, participated in our 2012 kickoff event at the Newseum, “Creating the Voting Rights Act of 2012.” Her work on and knowledge of voting rights make an extraordinary addition to our team. Here’s Mimi’s bio:

Mimi Murray Digby Marziani serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program where her work focuses on money in politics, voting rights and legislative dysfunction. (more…)

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Ask Why? For A Change

I just got back from TEDxPHX where I spoke to a packed house at the Mesa Arts Center about Why Tuesday? and our efforts. My talk was called “Ask Why? For A Change.”


The conference was full of great ideas and really inspiring. Hope to have the video soon. More photos on my Tumblr.

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Rep. Larson Endorses Weekend Voting

We are honored to fight with U.S. Congressman John Larson in the war on low voter turnout. His office sent out this press advisory today endorsing Why Tuesday? and our efforts to increase voter participation:

HARTFORD — With low voter participation across the nation at the polls this week, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), announced today that he supports an initiative to move elections from Tuesdays to the weekend to make it easier for all citizens to do their civic duty.

“As a representative democracy, voting is a fundamental responsibility for all Americans and the system should be as accessible as possible for as many as possible,” said Larson. (more…)

Monday, November 7th, 2011

VIDEO: Our 2012 Kickoff

Photos | Press Release

This morning we held our 2012 kickoff with the panel “Creating The Voting Rights Act of 2012” at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. At the event we officially unveiled our new website, a new video, our 2012 Candidate Challenge and lots more.

This is the second “Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge,” following the our first successful effort in 2008. That year, presidential candidates Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee and others participated, personally describing in videos posted to WhyTuesday.org what they would do to increase and protect voter participation in America.

Our founder Bill Wachtel made opening remarks, and on the panel was Mimi Marziani, counsel at the Brennan Center, Why Tuesday? advisory board member Meghan McCain, David Becker, the director of election initiatives at Pew, and yours truly. It was moderated by Why Tuesday? co-founder and American Enterprise Institute resident Scholar Norm Ornstein.

UPDATE: Read Ezra Klein’s piece for The Washington Post about our relaunch.

About Us

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...

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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