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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Why Tuesday in WaPo: VRA 2.0

We’ve often talked about the need for a Voting Rights Act 2.0 — we even held an event in Washington D.C. in 2011 with influential leaders in the voting community to help come up with what that might look like. Today, our co-founder and board member Norm Ornstein put ideas on paper for The Washington Post, and he’s got the twitterverse talking.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Weekend Voting Act Reintroduced

The Weekend Voting Act, which would move Election Day from the Tuesday after the first Monday in November to Saturday and Sunday, was reintroduced to Congress this week. Here are the details:

Washington, D.C.— Today, Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) announced legislation to move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first full weekend, thereby making it more convenient for voters and increasing voter turnout.

Rep. Israel said, “Voting should be easy and accessible. This is why, in 1845, Congress decided that voting on a Tuesday made sense. It was the easiest day for farmers in our agrarian society to get to the polls. But times have changed, and Tuesday voting just doesn’t make sense anymore. By moving Election Day from a single day in the middle of the work week to a full weekend, we are encouraging more working Americans to participate. Our democracy will be best served when our leaders are elected by as many Americans as possible.” (more…)

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Why Tuesday? On Meet The Press

NBC News’ Tom Brokaw endorsed weekend voting on Meet The Press this morning, and gave a special shout out to our co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young and our organization. Here’s what he said, in response to a question from moderator David Gregory about whether or not the Voting Rights Act is still necessary:

David Gregory: How far have we come, Tom?

Tom Brokaw: Well, we’ve come a long way but the journey is not complete yet. And in fact I feel strongly that in this country we need to expand voting rights and not restrict them in some fashion. I would even move voting day from Tuesday to a weekend which I think would encourage more people who are consumed with working or taking care of children at home can’t get to the voting place. Andy Young, one of the great civil rights leaders has got a movement now called Why Tuesday? — why not move it to encourage more people…

Watch Tom Brokaw’s complete remarks: (more…)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

On SCOTUS VRA Hearing

Statement From Mimi Marziani, Why Tuesday? Director of Operations:

This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether or not to invalidate part of the Voting Rights Act. While this debate is important, it cannot overshadow discussions about what our next voting rights laws should be. Last November, we witnessed unacceptable voting lines, elderly women waiting in line for 6+ hours, and participation rates that continue to put us in the bottom quartile among democracies worldwide. Our democracy is suffering and, whatever the Supreme Court decides, we need real conversation and new legislation to upgrade to a voting system 2.0. When our computers go out of whack, we don’t wait for them to upgrade themselves — we know they are too important. We can’t wait to upgrade our democracy.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Meet Our New Director Of Operations

Big news! This morning we’re announcing that Mimi Marziani is joining Why Tuesday? as our new Director of Operations. We couldn’t be more excited to have Mimi leading the charge for us at this crucial moment to make sure America’s voting system works for all of us, not just a select group. Read the complete press release below.

NEW YORK – Feb. 25, 2013 – Today, the nonpartisan group Why Tuesday? named Mimi Marziani as its new Director of Operations.

Ambassador Andrew Young, Chairman of the Why Tuesday? Board of Directors, stated: “Our country is engaged in active discussions about how to fix our country’s voting system, we are extremely fortunate to have Mimi assume the helm at this critical moment.” (more…)

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Obama’s Voting Commission

President Obama announced an election reform commission during the State of the Union.

When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys one of them being https://tjryanlaw.com/results/, for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it.

Some, including the League of Women Voters, think this is just kicking the can down the road. What do you think?

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

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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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Sunday would be inconvenient for Christians. We should, 1. Move the voting day to Saturday. 2...

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