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“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, especially after horrendously low 2014 voter turnout. That’s why we’ve launched FixIt.WhyTuesday.org to help track and contact your legislators on election reform.

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On Photo Social Security Cards

Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership.

Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday? opposes restrictive voting laws, including strict photo ID laws. Since its founding, Why Tuesday? has sought to stimulate debate about ways to make voting easier. Adding photos to social security cards is one idea for alleviating burdens on the right to vote—it thus deserves the robust conversation it has inspired. Other reforms are similarly worthy of our immediate attention, including moving Election Day to the weekend, instituting a federal early voting period, creating a universal voter registration system, mandating Election Day registration and updating our country’s electronic voting equipment. Why Tuesday? welcomes a national dialogue about these ideas—and more—as we approach the 2014 elections.

We want to hear what you think! Share your opinions, questions and reform proposals with us on Twitter and on our Facebook page.

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An Alternate Take On Voter ID

This week at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, our chairman and co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young proposed adding a photo to Social Security cards in order to push back on restrictive voter ID laws being enacted in the United States. Former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter endorsed the idea. President Clinton, as quoted in the Washington Post:

The idea behind this agreement is to find a way forward that eliminates error and makes the best possible decision that we can all live with. It is not to paralyze and divide a country with significant challenges.

To read the Washington Post’s report on the proposal, click here.

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WT? Helping DC Vote

Our board member and resident scholar Norm Ornstein has a piece in today’s Washington Post all about increasing Washington D.C.’s voter turnout.

You probably will not be surprised by his first suggestion:

Move Election Day to the weekend.

Here’s what Norm has to say about weekend voting:

As the group WhyTuesday.org has pointed out, the practice of holding elections on Tuesdays stems from an 1845 law meant to accommodate an agrarian society that is long gone. Today, voting on a workday is a burden for most Americans, and it just isn’t necessary. The District is free to move its local elections to the weekend. Ideally, Election Day would be a 24-hour period running from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, to avoid both religious conflicts and the inevitable morning and evening “rush hours” created by voters flocking to the polls before and after work. But if voting over two days is too onerous or expensive, the city could have Election Day on either Saturday or Sunday, with early voting a few days beforehand for those who are away on the weekend or can’t vote on the Sabbath.

To read Norm’s other three suggestions for The District, click here.

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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 fully support the idea -- expressed by two people so far -- of moving general elections to Veterans Day.

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Keep the day as Tuesday but make it a National Holiday so the legitimate companies will pay holiday for the time off...

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

As some of the commenters have mentioned, just moving election day to the weekend doesn't completely solve the problem, although it would be a step in the right direction...

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