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Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Will Obama “Fix That”?

President Obama said something in his election night speech that had election reform advocates like me overjoyed. The president, apparently off the cuff as HuffPost’s Dan Froomkin reported, called for election reform.

As he spoke in Chicago, he thanked everyone who cast a ballot “whether you voted for the first time, or waited in line for a very long time” — then he quickly added, in an evident ad lib, “by the way we have to fix that.”

After another election with anemic turnout — only 60% of eligible Americans showed up at the polls, far behind most countries — and reports of long lines, malfunctioning machines and voter intimidation at the polls, President Obama’s remarks were music to election reformers’ ears. But as much as I hope the president will follow through on his off handed but crucially important remark — I’m not so sure, and I have a personal reason to feel this way.

Read the rest of this post at The Huffington Post.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Dispatches From The Polls

Happy Election Day! First and foremost, even though Tuesday stinks, vote today. As Thomas Paine said, it’s the right which protects all others. That said, we still think voting on Tuesday is completely absurd and we vote on this day for absolutely no good reason whatsoever.

If you’re wondering why American voter turnout is so low, look no further than the day of the week. Particularly because 15 states where over 60 million eligible voters live cast ballots ONLY on Tuesday.

We’ve been monitoring Twitter for dispatches from the polls, and we wanted to share others frustrations with Tuesday with you.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012

This Weekend, Venezuelans Vote

Venezuelans are voting this weekend… and it isn’t on a Tuesday.

This just in, from Al Jazeera English:

Preparations were in full swing on SATURDAY for the election that will determine who governs the country for a six-year term from 2013 to 2019.

Venezuelans crowded grocery stores and markets to stock up on food and queued to collect the national ID cards they need for voting.

Emphasis ours. But you get the point. And voter turnout is expected to be high.

Why, oh why, do we vote on Tuesday again?

Absolutely no good reason whatsoever.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Bullies At The Ballot Box

Our friends and Common Cause and Demos have released the “Bullies At The Ballot Box” report outlining the states that are trying the hardest to take away your right to vote on Election Day. Is your state on the list?

This report describes the threat posed by potential voter challenges in the 2012 elections, and assesses the extent to which ten key states — Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia — are prepared to protect the rights of eligible voters to cast a ballot in the face of such challenges like teeth grills. The ten states examined here include states where races are expected to be competitive, which makes voters in those states particularly vulnerable to challenges.

Read the full report here.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

It Pays To Vote, Maybe

Our board member Norm Ornstein in The Atlantic, on his favorite idea for increasing America’s dismal voter turnout:

My favorite incentive approach is a “Mega Millions lottery,” where one’s voting receipt is also one’s lottery ticket. The lure of a major prize could and would motivate people to vote, the same way the multimillion dollar Mega Millions prize in 2012 motivated many to stand in line for hours for a chance to buy a lottery ticket that gave a one-in-176-million chance to become a multimillionaire. A lottery could increase turnout dramatically and overnight, and is a model that could be employed at all levels (say, a chance to win a car donated by a local dealer for a local election).

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Millions Stuck With Tuesday Voting

This election cycle we’ve partnered with Academy Award-winning Participant Media to produce Take Part on Tuesday. There you’ll find stories that bring the issues the candidates are talking about to life.

As part of the initiative, I’m hosing a new video series called Civics in a Minute in which we… you got it… explain U.S. civics lessons like the Electoral College or who picks the Vice President in about a minute.

Today’s topic: why we vote on Tuesdays.

The video contains a fact we don’t highlight enough, and is perhaps the most important statistic in the fight to move Election Day from Tuesday to the weekend:

15 states and tens of millions of Americans have Tuesday-ONLY voting, with no option for early or absentee voting.

Watch the video to find out which states will only let you vote on Tuesday. (more…)

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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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Sunday would be inconvenient for Christians. We should, 1. Move the voting day to Saturday. 2...

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