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Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Vote for Why Tuesday? Today!

I’ve got a case of laryngitis so our Strategic Director Barnett Zitron has this message for you: vote for Why Tuesday? in the MySpace IMPACT Awards today! Two days left, and we’re down by 10%. If we win we receive $10,000 but more importantly front-page promotion on MySpace to spread the word, which is arguably priceless. Please vote!

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

National Entertainment Journalism Award

LA Press Club

A sincere thank-you to the Los Angeles Press Club for honoring the work we do at Why Tuesday? as part of their first National Entertainment Journalism Awards. I’m honored to be the inaugural recipient of the award for best TV news story, even though our primary platform for distribution is the web — a good sign for vloggers! We also received honorable mention for best online feature.

LA Weekly’s Nikki Finke, who swept the online awards, rounds up the rest of the winners and links to the complete list here. (more…)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

49,000 Nonpartisan Votes Won’t Count in L.A. County

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — On Super Tuesday, we brought you the case of the Double Bubble Trouble from Los Angeles. Because of voter error, whether it came about by misunderstandings by poll workers, voters, or a bad ballot design, potentially hundreds of thousands of ballots were in vote-count limbo on Super Tuesday. Today’s Los Angeles Times reports that 49,000 votes will be thrown out.

On Super Tuesday, Barnett Zitron, our Strategic Director, filed the following dispatch from Los Angeles:

The process is this: decline-to-state voters who wish to exercise their franchise in the Democratic Primary must ask the poll-workers for a Democratic ballot. Fair enough.

Here’s the trouble: In the voting booth, voters must then mark a bubble on the ballot that confirms the voter is indeed voting on a Democratic ballot. If they fail to mark, their ballots go uncounted. And further, if a voter neglects to fill in this bubble, a voting machine will not return the ballot because the vote is counted as an under-vote. In Los Angeles County alone, 776,000 voters are susceptible to double bubble trouble.


Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Dolores Huerta: Voting System Needs Change

On Super Tuesday, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta called for change in our voting system. In 1962, with César Chávez, she co-founded the group that became the United Farm Workers. Huerta is today one of the most recognized labor leaders in the United States. (more…)

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Double Bubble Trouble

LOS ANGELES, CA — This state, with a tradition of high turnout, activist communities and 441 delegates, is the focus of today’s media coverage. But this heightened attention is nothing new. Here, the popularity of elections is sure to expose even the most minute hiccup. Today, there was one. (more…)

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Voting: Who For, and How?

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA — With the onset of Super Tuesday, the Press has started reporting on Barack Obama’s ability to mobilize new, youth and Independent voters, the other candidates’ advantages among established, older voters, and Hillary Clinton’s advantage among Hispanic and female voters. This week’s issue of TIME Magazine reports that Obama’s campaign tactics are more effective in states with forward-thinking election law. Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada have Same-Day Registration. Florida has early voting, but the DNC has stripped the Sunshine State’s democrats of their delegates, Republicans were able to keep half of theirs. (more…)

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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

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...

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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