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Thursday, November 9th, 2017

REP. SLAUGHTER AND WHY TUESDAY CO-FOUNDERS CALL FOR MEMBERS TO PUSH WEEKEND VOTING ACT ON ELECTION DAY

November 7, 2017 – Washington, DC. Martin Luther King III, Bill Wachtel and Norm Ornstein join Rep. Louise Slaughter and other members in pushing the importance of The Weekend Voting Act. “There is nothing special about holding elections on a Tuesday when so many find it difficult to vote. It is past time to give all voters a clear path to the ballot box and that begins with passing the Weekend Voting Act,” said Slaughter.

Weekend Voting Act Push

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Monday, September 25th, 2017

Weekend Voting Act

September 18, 2017 – The Senate version of the Weekend Voting Act was introduced by Senators Klobuchar, Brown, Franken, King, and Whitehouse.

Weekend Voting Act Update

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

More Voter Turnout, Not Less

Our co-founder Norm Ornstein and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter penned an op-ed in USA Today about Weekend Voting.

“Our right to vote is under siege,” they wrote. “Fight back by ending the Tuesday tradition. We’re no longer a nation of farmers worried about Market Day.” (more…)

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Why Tuesday? Meets Trump

Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Why Tuesday? board member Martin Luther King III and Co-Founder Bill Wachtel met with President-elect Trump to discuss ways to make it easier to vote.

You can learn more about the policy discussed by reading this oped written by MLKIII.

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

MLK III: Trump can fix voting system

Martin Luther King III is a member of the board of Why Tuesday? and president and co-founder of the Drum Major Institute.

In 1965, fewer than 2 percent of eligible African Americans living in Selma, Ala., were registered to vote. As we all know, this was the result of laws and policies whose purpose was to keep African Americans out of the voting booth. It took decades of blood, sweat and tears to reverse this deeply embedded discrimination. Having lost my father to that struggle when I was still a small child, I cannot begin to express what it meant to see a black man take the presidential oath of office in 2008.

What a difference eight years makes. While Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, fewer than 80,000 votes divided among Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan made Donald Trump the electoral college winner. In each of these states, Clinton saw a significant decline in minority vote totals of 10 percent or more. And in each of these states — along with swing states North Carolina and Florida — that difference in turnout may be attributed to legislative efforts to make it harder to vote. In fact, a federal appeals court described North Carolina’s lawmakers as targeting minority voters with “almost surgical precision.” (more…)

Friday, May 13th, 2016

NEWS: Obama Endorses Holiday Voting

Shout out to Rutgers student journalist Dan Corey who got President Obama to endorse, on the record, the idea of weekend voting and a national Election Day holiday. Our Jacob Soboroff discussed the news on MSNBC:

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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

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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

Recent Comments

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...

Posted by John on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

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.

Posted by Zander on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?