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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

North Dakota Votes!

Uff Da! On Election Day 2008 I visited Shiloh Christian School (amongst other places) in Bismarck, North Dakota. North Dakota is the only state in the United States without voter registration. Watch my vlog to get a behind-the-scenes look at what the polling places I checked out looked like on this “Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

For Election Day, An Online To-Do List

You can’t vote online quite yet in the United States, but you sure can do lots of other fun stuff online for Election Day. We’re partnering with a ton of groups on three great projects to make sure you are as plugged in as possible on Election Day. Here’s a recap.

1) Video Your Vote is an initiative from PBS and YouTube that aims to create the largest library of polling place video ever. Whether you vote early, absentee or on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, video your vote!

Video Your Vote

2) EPWiki comes from the Center for Media and democracy, and we’re partnering with them so you can track voter suppression, voting machine problems and election day mischief on an easy-to-use wiki. You can find it easliy by clicking the “EPWiki” tab at the top of this page.


3) Twitter Vote Report is “an all-volunteer network of software developers, designers, and other collaborators have teamed up with the award-winning blog techPresident to launch this effort. The only resources contributed to this project are the participants’ time and expertise!” You can tweet each and every minute of your Election Day experience, so do it!

Twitter Vote Report

Still don’t know why we vote on Tuesday? Click here for the answer.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The Donald Pushes Election Day Holiday (Of Sorts)

Add the CEOs of Borders, eBay, General Motors, Google and Intel, amongst others, to the list of those calling for a pseudo Election Day Holiday on votehour.org. These CEOs are speaking out to “encourage their employees to take an hour on November 4 and go vote.” As we noted here yesterday — and as FOX News picked up from our site — Barack Obama’s campaign is making a similar request of voters: take time off on your busy Tuesday to vote. They’re asking you to “learn why ‘too busy’ is no excuse this Tuesday.” (We beg to differ. Keep reading to find out why.)

Now, here’s the thing. According to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College, there are 14 states where if you can’t make it to the polls during opening hours on “the Tuesday after the first Monday in November,” you’re out of luck. And yet, will a simple hour off work be enough time for folks who commute to their jobs?Kudos to votehour.org for bringing these CEOs together. It’s brining attention to the first question of many that we like to ask: why the heck do we vote on Tuesday, smack in the middle of the work week, anyways? You’ll find the answer right here.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Texas-Sized Early Voting Turnout

Welcome KTRH morning news listeners in Houston! Even up here in the Big Apple we say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, perhaps not the skyscrapers. And yet, when it comes to early voting that certainly is true.

Moreover, in 2004 over 2.4 million Texans or nearly 30% of voting eligible population voted early. So far in 2008, over 2 million Texans have voted early, quickly approaching 25% of the vote eligible population – and there are still 2 days of early voting left. By all accounts, Texas’ 2004 record early voting turnout will be shattered this year. Look here at Galveston County turnout numbers and Lubbock turnout, for example. (more…)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

FOX News Was Here

Right now on the front page of FOXNews.com there’s a story by Judson Berger based in part on the blog post I wrote yesterday about the Obama campaign’s call to off take work or school on Election Day. A screen cap is below.


Berger speculates that Obama’s ad “might help rekindle a debate over whether Election Day should be made a national holiday or moved to the weekend as a way to boost voter participation.” Even so, he didn’t have much luck getting an answer from either campaign about the candidates positions on our voting system.

Neither Obama’s nor McCain’s campaigns would comment on whether the nominees actually support holding Election Day on a holiday or weekend.

Not to worry. During the primary election cycle, I spoke with both Senators Obama and McCain about their feelings about our voting system, and what they think we can do to increase voter participation. Click here for my interview with Senator Obama. Click here for my interview with Senator McCain.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Obama Pushes Election Day Holiday (Of Sorts)

I’ve talked with both Senator Obama and Senator McCain about what they think we can do to increase voter participation, including the idea of an Election Day holiday or perhaps Weekend Voting. To see what Senator McCain had to say to me in Manchester, NH click here. You can watch my conversation with Senator Obama in Cedar Rapids, IA here.

The Obama campaign is following in the footsteps of those calling for a pseudo Election Day holiday this November 4th. They are encouraging folks to ask for this Tuesday after the first Monday in November off work or school in order to have time to vote. Whomever you’re going to vote for, take a look at this video. If you’re going to be busy next Tuesday, you may want to take this advice.

In 14 states, if you can’t make it to the polls on Tuesday, and you don’t have an excuse to get an absentee ballot, you’re pretty much out of luck.

Still confused about why we vote on Tuesday? Click here for the answer.

Hat tip to Trey Ditto for tweeting the video.

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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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