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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 and that is why we hired in home care beverly hills la. 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…)

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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.

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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…)

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Weekend Voting, Not Election Holiday

Everyone loves holidays. A day off from work, often a three-day weekend to travel or relax – who wouldn’t appreciate that? But holidays recognized by the government are also costly. Millions of people taking another day off from work sharply reduces productivity in the country. And, like monuments on the National Mall, there are real limits to the number one can have, and each one needs to go through a thorough and careful vetting process, so that future generations can have room or times to honor other leaders or events.

At one level, as a longtime and strong proponent of making voting easier for all Americans who are eligible, I would love to make Election Day a holiday. Far too many working people are hamstrung on Tuesday; they can vote only before or after work, when the lines are especially long and when people whose livelihoods depend on getting to work on time and getting the hourly pay cannot afford to wait for an hour or more. But adding an Election Day holiday is simply too costly.

Read the rest of Norm Ornstein’s op-ed at The New York Times’ Room For Debate site.

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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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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...

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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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