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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Summit on Election Reform

While the world’s most famous democracy ranks 138th out of 172 countries in the world in voter turnout, there remains a deafening silence in Washington about the critical condition of our voting system.

We’re determined to change that. So this week we kick-off a new chapter for Why Tuesday?. Join us today for a summit on election reform, and stay tuned for a new grassroots platform to push for a renewed debate.

WhyTuesday is sponsoring a summit along with The Hill brining together academics, thought leaders, and legislators from across the political spectrum.

Wednesday, June 11 | 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Library of Congress

Madison Building, Mumford Room (6th Floor)

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


“We can fix this, and we will,” said President Obama during his 2013 State of the Union address about the long lines, low turnout and deceptive practices that plague America’s broken voting system. But now its up to all of us—from both parties—to make it happen. And with President Obama’s 2016 endorsement of weekend and holiday voting, the time is now.

EVIDENCE: Weekend voting works
TAKE ACTION: Pressure your legislators now
FAQ: Answers to your burning questions

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

An Important Vote

Our Chairman, Ambassador Andrew Young,  is asking you to vote on November 6 AND to vote on how you think we can improve our broken voting system. So, in addition to voting in this year’s election, take a minute right now and fill-out this important survey. The Ambassador’s letter is below:

My Dear Fellow American:

As Election Day approaches, our nation is focused on which candidate will win. Sadly, the winner will almost certainly be chosen by less than 30% of ALL eligible voters. Thus, our democracy will be the big loser as we will once again earn the shameful distinction of being 138th out of the democratic nations worldwide and dead last amongst the G-8 in voter turnout. (more…)

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

2008 Primary Calendar

Yes, it is very, very confusing — but it looks like it might finally be settled for this cycle. The season will kick-off with Iowa’s caucuses on Thursday, January 3rd. New Hampshire will follow on the 8th.

We posted the full schedule here.

If the Florida and Michigan primaries confuse you, you’re not alone. Check out this FAQ explaining the situation. In short, by violating party rules, the RNC is stripping half of the Florida delegates; the DNC is stripping all delegates. Is this how “the greatest democracy in the world” should function?

I have yet to meet a defender of the current primary process. Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and even supporters of the IA-NH kick-off agree that reform is needed. And it is something we’ll keep talking about.

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The Answer

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Recent Comments

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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