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Monday, November 4th, 2013

Election Day Message: Vote!

Tuesday is yet another Election Day, a time when our nation should be celebrating our democracy, held up around the globe as an example for other nations to follow. Yet voter turnout in America is anemic, ranking near the bottom of all countries in the world. And our right to vote is in jeopardy because of restrictive voting practices throughout the United States.

In the spirit of the Civil Rights movement, Why Tuesday? has for the past eight years fought for a conversation about how to protect all Americans right to vote, and to increase voter turnout, with a simple question: why do we vote on Tuesday? (more…)

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Voting Rights Act 2.0 On MSNBC

We agree. Today MSNBC’s Hardball featured the idea by our co-founder Norm Ornstein (and “real smart guy” in guest host Michael Smerconish’s words) for a Voting Rights Act 2.0 – including moving Election Day to the weekend. Watch the full segment, courtesy of MSNBC, for Smerconish’s take and a response from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. (more…)

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Why Tuesday in WaPo: VRA 2.0

We’ve often talked about the need for a Voting Rights Act 2.0 — we even held an event in Washington D.C. in 2011 with influential leaders in the voting community to help come up with what that might look like. Today, our co-founder and board member Norm Ornstein put ideas on paper for The Washington Post, and he’s got the twitterverse talking.


Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Statement on Shelby County v. Holder

Today, the Supreme Court made headlines with its decision in Shelby County v. Holder. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the Court’s majority, recognized that “voting discrimination still exists” and upheld the vast majority of the Voting Rights Act of 1964. But the Court struck down the decades-old coverage formula that determined which states must seek approval from the federal government before changing their voting laws. In doing so, the Court called upon Congress to modernize voting laws for the 21st century. (more…)

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Why Tuesday? On Meet The Press

NBC News’ Tom Brokaw endorsed weekend voting on Meet The Press this morning, and gave a special shout out to our co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young and our organization. Here’s what he said, in response to a question from moderator David Gregory about whether or not the Voting Rights Act is still necessary:

David Gregory: How far have we come, Tom?

Tom Brokaw: Well, we’ve come a long way but the journey is not complete yet. And in fact I feel strongly that in this country we need to expand voting rights and not restrict them in some fashion. I would even move voting day from Tuesday to a weekend which I think would encourage more people who are consumed with working or taking care of children at home can’t get to the voting place and that is why we hired in home care beverly hills la. Andy Young, one of the great civil rights leaders has got a movement now called Why Tuesday? — why not move it to encourage more people…

Watch Tom Brokaw’s complete remarks: (more…)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


Statement From Mimi Marziani, Why Tuesday? Director of Operations:

This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether or not to invalidate part of the Voting Rights Act. While this debate is important, it cannot overshadow discussions about what our next voting rights laws should be. Last November, we witnessed unacceptable voting lines, elderly women waiting in line for 6+ hours, and participation rates that continue to put us in the bottom quartile among democracies worldwide. Our democracy is suffering and, whatever the Supreme Court decides, we need real conversation and new legislation to upgrade to a voting system 2.0. When our computers go out of whack, we don’t wait for them to upgrade themselves — we know they are too important. We can’t wait to upgrade our democracy.

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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

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?