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Election Day Message: Vote!

Tuesday is yet another Election Day, a time when our nation should be celebrating our democracy, held up around the globe as an example for other nations to follow. Yet voter turnout in America is anemic, ranking near the bottom of all countries in the world. And our right to vote is in jeopardy because of restrictive voting practices throughout the United States.

In the spirit of the Civil Rights movement, Why Tuesday? has for the past eight years fought for a conversation about how to protect all Americans right to vote, and to increase voter turnout, with a simple question: why do we vote on Tuesday? (more…)

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Voting Rights Act 2.0 On MSNBC

We agree. Today MSNBC’s Hardball featured the idea by our co-founder Norm Ornstein (and “real smart guy” in guest host Michael Smerconish’s words) for a Voting Rights Act 2.0 – including moving Election Day to the weekend. Watch the full segment, courtesy of MSNBC, for Smerconish’s take and a response from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. (more…)

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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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Statement on Shelby County v. Holder

Today, the Supreme Court made headlines with its decision in Shelby County v. Holder. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the Court’s majority, recognized that “voting discrimination still exists” and upheld the vast majority of the Voting Rights Act of 1964. But the Court struck down the decades-old coverage formula that determined which states must seek approval from the federal government before changing their voting laws. In doing so, the Court called upon Congress to modernize voting laws for the 21st century. (more…)

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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…)

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About Us

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

The Answer

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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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.

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