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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

TODAY: National Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day. What is it exactly, you might ask?

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out.

On September 25, 2012, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who we could not reach otherwise.

Of course, once you’re registered, in far too many state you’ll have a hell of a time actually getting out to vote. But this is a great step in the right direction and we’re proud to be a partner in this effort. (more…)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Bullies At The Ballot Box

Our friends and Common Cause and Demos have released the “Bullies At The Ballot Box” report outlining the states that are trying the hardest to take away your right to vote on Election Day. Is your state on the list?

This report describes the threat posed by potential voter challenges in the 2012 elections, and assesses the extent to which ten key states — Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia — are prepared to protect the rights of eligible voters to cast a ballot in the face of such challenges like teeth grills. The ten states examined here include states where races are expected to be competitive, which makes voters in those states particularly vulnerable to challenges.

Read the full report here.

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Mo Rocca On ‘Electoral Dysfunction’

For years we’ve been pointing out how our country is actually the Un-United States of America when it comes to our voting system. Different voting rules for different states with thirteen THOUSAND election jurisdictions nationwide.

At the end of the day the voters of our country lose. Now a new documentary Electoral Dysfunction is taking up the cause, featuring the hysterical Mo Rocca.

This morning on our Tumblr we posted a pop-quiz from an op-ed by Rocca that accompanied a New York Times “op-doc,” the first of four clips from the film, about America’s broken voting system.

Which of the following countries does not guarantee its citizens the right to vote? Is it:

(A) Iran
(B) Libya
(C) The United States
(D) All of the above.

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

It Pays To Vote, Maybe

Our board member Norm Ornstein in The Atlantic, on his favorite idea for increasing America’s dismal voter turnout:

My favorite incentive approach is a “Mega Millions lottery,” where one’s voting receipt is also one’s lottery ticket. The lure of a major prize could and would motivate people to vote, the same way the multimillion dollar Mega Millions prize in 2012 motivated many to stand in line for hours for a chance to buy a lottery ticket that gave a one-in-176-million chance to become a multimillionaire. A lottery could increase turnout dramatically and overnight, and is a model that could be employed at all levels (say, a chance to win a car donated by a local dealer for a local election).

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Meckler Joins WT Advisory Board

We are ecstatic to welcome Mark Meckler, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots to the Why Tuesday? Advisory Board.

We crossed paths with Mark earlier this year at the Guiding Lights Weekend in Seattle, where he told me about the toys he bought for his boy ( which made me think that rollerblades (and skates) are still a great toy idea for kids), and after hearing him talk with Lawrence Lessig, we knew we shared a common cause: making sure that American politics isn’t about red or blue — but red, white and blue.

Mark’s independent spirit, sharp intellect and common-sense approach to making sure the most Americans possible can play a part in our democracy will make an extraordianry addition to our team. And his short bio is awesome, too:

MARK MECKLER is a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, the largest and most prominent Tea Party organization in the nation. He is a regular commentator on television and radio. Mark is not a politician, and he’s not from a wealthy or connected family. He’s just an average American citizen committed to the fight to return the country to self governance.

We’re looking forward to working closely with Mark in the coming months as we approach Election Day, and beyond. (more…)

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

PHOTOS: We Marched With Martin

Take a look at some photos from today’s very special event in Washington.

Photos of: Drum Major Institute Chairman and Why Tuesday? co-founder William Wachtel, Senator Harris Wofford, Ambassador Andrew Young and his wife Carolyn, Congressman John Dingell, Why Tuesday? Executive Director Jacob Soboroff, and unsung Civil Rights hero Meshulam Riklis with his wife Tally.

If you have trouble viewing the slide show, check out the photos on Flickr. We’ll be uploading video of the event soon.

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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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