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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Weekend Voting on ABC’s This Week

Welcome to those of you who are viewers of This Week With George Stephanopoulos who made your way here after hearing him talk about us this morning on ABC. The idea of moving Election Day to the weekend may be new to you, but it’s not to Stephanopoulos. In 2008, he endorsed the idea in an ABC News op-ed.

[Rep. Steve Israel, D-NY, and Norm Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute] argue Tuesday voting has depressed voter turnout rates in the US, and unfairly penalizes low-income voters who often choose between having to work and voting… I think Israel and Ornstein raise an important point here. Let’s go to weekend voting.

Today Stephanopoulos was responding to a viewer-submitted question about the status of the Weekend Voting Act, the bill that would move Election Day from Tuesday, where it’s been for 167 years, to Saturday and Sunday in order to increase voter turnout. (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...

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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