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Sunday, January 15th, 2017

MLK III: Trump can fix voting system

Martin Luther King III is a member of the board of Why Tuesday? and president and co-founder of the Drum Major Institute.

In 1965, fewer than 2 percent of eligible African Americans living in Selma, Ala., were registered to vote. As we all know, this was the result of laws and policies whose purpose was to keep African Americans out of the voting booth. It took decades of blood, sweat and tears to reverse this deeply embedded discrimination. Having lost my father to that struggle when I was still a small child, I cannot begin to express what it meant to see a black man take the presidential oath of office in 2008.

What a difference eight years makes. While Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, fewer than 80,000 votes divided among Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan made Donald Trump the electoral college winner. In each of these states, Clinton saw a significant decline in minority vote totals of 10 percent or more. And in each of these states — along with swing states North Carolina and Florida — that difference in turnout may be attributed to legislative efforts to make it harder to vote. In fact, a federal appeals court described North Carolina’s lawmakers as targeting minority voters with “almost surgical precision.” (more…)

Friday, May 13th, 2016

NEWS: Obama Endorses Holiday Voting

Shout out to Rutgers student journalist Dan Corey who got President Obama to endorse, on the record, the idea of weekend voting and a national Election Day holiday. Our Jacob Soboroff discussed the news on MSNBC:

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Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Rest In Peace, Friend

Jake Brewer, a member of our Advisory Board, was a key part of our team, and even better friend to us all. And this could be said for so many groups and causes and efforts he dedicated his time and energy to. We lost Jake yesterday. His contributions to our work were invaluable and he will be with us always. Everyone Jake ever touched, especially his family and friends, are in our thoughts and prayers. ‪Rest in peace, friend.

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Bernie Sanders: National Holiday Voting

This just in from the 2016 presidential campaign trail:

Thanks for pointing out how silly Tuesday voting is, Senator Sanders. Now we’d love to hear from the other 2016 candidates on election reform, as we did in 2012 and 2008. If YOU don’t know why we vote on Tuesday, you’ll find the answer here. Spoiler: absolutely no good reason whatsoever.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Obama: Maybe Mandatory Voting?

Yesterday President Obama floated an idea our cofounder Norm Ornstein previously proposed in 2012 and 2006: mandatory voting might be the best way to increase America’s lousy voter participation.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A #Selma50 Message To You

It’s been a big week for Why Tuesday? and the entire election reform movement. Saturday witnessed the bipartisan commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.

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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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I feel like Sunday should be the voting day in the US. Tuesday is just so inconveniant for many people that it's going to lower the vote count and make only the really extremists vote

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

It ought to be on a sunday. no other country in the world does elections on a weekday.

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