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Monday, February 25th, 2013

Meet Our New Director Of Operations

Big news! This morning we’re announcing that Mimi Marziani is joining Why Tuesday? as our new Director of Operations. We couldn’t be more excited to have Mimi leading the charge for us at this crucial moment to make sure America’s voting system works for all of us, not just a select group. Read the complete press release below.

NEW YORK – Feb. 25, 2013 – Today, the nonpartisan group Why Tuesday? named Mimi Marziani as its new Director of Operations.

Ambassador Andrew Young, Chairman of the Why Tuesday? Board of Directors, stated: “Our country is engaged in active discussions about how to fix our country’s voting system, we are extremely fortunate to have Mimi assume the helm at this critical moment.” (more…)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Meet Desiline Victor, 102

It looks like President Obama will give yet another shout out to election reform in the State of the Union tonight.

Reports say that Michelle Obama has invited Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old resident of North Miami who waited in line for hours to vote, to sit in her box during the speech.

What will the President say? And will Congress act? Watch this HuffPost Live segment to see what experts from the Brennan Center, Lawyers from Tenenbaum Law and The Nation think.

Monday, January 21st, 2013

150 Years Later, Time To “FIX IT”

As we walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7th, 1965, we knew that the road ahead was long and dangerous, as change never comes easy. But march on we did, knowing deep in our hearts that one day the murders of Jimmy Lee Jackson, James Reed, and Viola Liuzzo, and the bombing of churches would stir the conscience of our fellow Americans. As Martin often preached, the clarion call for justice must inevitably end the silence of good people; and only then will the promise President Lincoln made in 1863 to right the wrongs of slavery become “a promise kept.”

As foot soldiers in a non-violent crusade, there was one battleground on which we knew we could win the war of bigotry, the one place where all American citizens were equal: the voting booth. As Martin said as we marched to Montgomery, “The longest step for society is that short sweet step to the ballot box.”

Miraculously, 8 days later, President Johnson stood before a Joint Session of Congress and answered Martin’s prayers. Noting that a 100 years was already too long to wait, he vowed to enforce President Lincoln’s promise of one man one vote: “Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.” It was the only time I ever saw Martin weep. (more…)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

AG Holder, Ready For Election Reform

More people waited in line to vote in 2012 than in 2008. Just check out this infographic from Pew for the evidence.

As Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday, this is a continuing problem with our voting system that we need to fix.

This means taking steps to address long lines at polling places – and ensuring that every polling place has an adequate number of voting machines. We must acknowledge that giving our fellow citizens access to the voting booth for longer hours and over additional days will enable more of them to cast their ballots without unduly interfering with the work or family obligations that so many have.

Here’s an idea: sign our petition to Congress and the President for the Weekend Voting Act.

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.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

An Important Vote

Our Chairman, Ambassador Andrew Young,  is asking you to vote on November 6 AND to vote on how you think we can improve our broken voting system. So, in addition to voting in this year’s election, take a minute right now and fill-out this important survey. The Ambassador’s letter is below:

My Dear Fellow American:

As Election Day approaches, our nation is focused on which candidate will win. Sadly, the winner will almost certainly be chosen by less than 30% of ALL eligible voters. Thus, our democracy will be the big loser as we will once again earn the shameful distinction of being 138th out of the democratic nations worldwide and dead last amongst the G-8 in voter turnout. (more…)

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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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