Friday, October 24th, 2008
ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent and “This Week” Host George Stephanopoulos saw our Op-Ed in The New York Times today, and liked it, or so he blogged. See below for his endorsement of Weekend Voting from “George’s Bottom Line.”
Let’s Go to Weekend Voting
October 24, 2008 9:58 AM
One third of likely voters say they’ll vote early, nearly double what it was eight years ago.
But we don’t yet know whether the surge in early voting is simply capturing people who are going to vote anyway or actually expanding the electorate.
In their New York Times op-ed today, Rep. Steve Israel, D-NY, and Norm Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, call for weekend voting to increase the country’s voter turnout rate.
They 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.
Israel is sponsoring a bill in the House of Representatives to scrap Tuesday voting and move to weekend voting on the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November.
I think Israel and Ornstein raise an important point here. Let’s go to weekend voting.
For more from Stephanopoulos, click here.
Photo of Stephanopoulos preparing for the ABC News Democratic Debate at the National Constitution Center by Why Tuesday? director of photography Thomas Macker.