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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Live from the NetJ conference

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Greetings from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where Barnett and I are attending Jeff Jarvis’ Networked Journalism Summit. Many friends of WT? are also attending, including the peeps from PDF/techPresident, Rocketboom, and OffTheBus. Also, our Twitter friends Ryan Sholin, Anil Dash and Dave Winer are here. I haven’t seen them yet but have seen them Twittering! Where are you guys?!

Jay Rosen of NYU, second from right in the photo, gave some great remarks about what he learned from the Assignment Zero project, which Barnett and I found to be very applicable to what we’re doing here. Jay has also posted those lessons on his blog, so check them out.

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

One week down, many more to go

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Thanks to everyone who made this week’s launch possible. Our goal is to make election reform a subject that our elected officials cannot afford to avoid, and we’re off to a good start. Lots more to come, including a new episode each and every Tuesday. A recap of some of those who helped spread the word this week, including Rocketboom, pictured above, is after the jump.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Why Tuesday? on Rocketboom

Yesterday we launched our Candidate Challenge from Colonial Willaimsburg, Virginia. When we were there shooting, I got to spend some time picking the brain of our nation’s third president about the state of voting in America. But most of the interview didn’t make it into the final cut.

We’ve teamed up with Rocketboom, the New York Times of the video blog world, to bring you this special report: my interview with Thomas Jefferson in its entirety. Enjoy.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Quick roundup

In the last few days there’s been talk of abandoning touch-screen voting in New York, Brad Friedman retraced his summer election reform journey around the country, and there was discussion (transcript, via electionline.org) of a new regional primary plan in the Senate. That Senate plan drew a harsh response from both political parties, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

[The] plan faces opposition and skepticism, notably from the Democratic and Republican national committees, which both registered their opposition, and said the parties should control the nominating process.

“The responsibility for establishing the rules, procedures and dates for selecting delegates to national presidential nominating conventions lies, as it always has, with the national parties, not Congress,” GOP Chairman Robert Duncan wrote Alexander.

We’ll stay on top of it. Look for a vlog about our primary election calendar and why its important to the health of our elections in the weeks ahead.

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Monday: Election reform event in NYC

Greetings from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia where we’re shooting the first episode of our new documentary series, set to debut with our new website in the weeks ahead!

Monday I’ll be in New York attending an event put on by friend of Why Tuesday? the Drum Major Institute. It’s a symposium about clean elections — getting big money out of politics to give voters a bigger say — featuring Dennis Burke, the former head of Arizona’s Common Cause, and others. For the info from the DMI, click below.

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Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

FairVote: Make election reform video, win cash

Hey, Jacob here. Just over a year ago Why Tuesday? asked you to ask elected officials on video camera “why do we vote on Tuesday?” for a cash prize. Check out WT? on YouTube to see how many elected officials *didn’t* have a clue. That contenst was how I got involved with WT? — and I’m still involved today, prepping for the launch of our new site this fall.

Recently the election reform group and friend of WT? FairVote launched an election reform video-for-cash contest of their own, and they even throw in a trip to Washington for the winner! The contest is called Upgrade Democracy, and here’s the prompt from them, complete with a video!

“If you could change anything you wanted about elections, what would our democracy look like?”

You could win $2000 and have your video seen by celebrity judges like filmmaker Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Dazed and Confused), political guru Donna Brazile,The Daily Show’s Dan Bakkedahl, and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic!

For ideas, see FairVote’s reform proposals — a national popular vote for president, instant runoff voting for executive offices, proportional voting for legislatures, universal voter registration and a constitutional right to vote — but let your intellect and imagination run wild.

A cool contest, and a cool group. Learn more at upgradedemocracy.com. Some video responses to FairVote’s contest are after the jump.
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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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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...

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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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