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Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

A message to YouTubers

Just posted this to YouTube. It’s a new video with some lite election reform news, a preview of the new Why Tuesday? site, and request for participation from YT’ers.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

WT? on Twitter

Behind the scenes of our website relaunch, and other fun stuff, at twitter.com/whytuesday. Subscribe there and on YouTube to stay involved. And contact us at whytuesday.org.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

A little catch-up

Even though our question didn’t make it into the first CNN/YouTube debate, the video got some nice buzz from Computerworld and PC World magazines. They named our question one of the Funniest YouTube Questions for Candidates.

… as CNN culls through the videos to choose questions for its July 23 debate, it’s also finding that some questioners are using humor — in many cases, quite well — to get their points across.

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10. #584

Jacob Soboroff asks: “Why do we vote on Tuesdays?”

The fact that the majority of the politicians we asked didn’t know why we vote on Tuesday is funny, but also a bummer, given that if they had any idea, they’d know how old and outdated the reason we vote on Tuesday is. That’s one of many problems with our broken election system that we’ll be exploring in the months ahead.

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Live from the debate: Let’s keep the conversation going

Being here at the Citadel in Charleston for the CNN/YouTube debate has been an amazing experience! The fact that our question wasn’t chosen shows how important it is that we continue this conversation about reforming the way (and maybe day) we vote.

Even though America ranks 139 out of 172 countries in the world in voter turnout, and more people vote for American Idol than the U.S. president, tonight there was only one question on election reform and one candidate given time to answer. Not to worry. I’m headed up to the spin room with my camera to get some real answers.

Here’s the question we wanted the candidates to answer tonight:

Check back here soon for my video report from Charleston. It may be a day or so. I’m headed back to Why Tuesday? global headquarters in NYC tomorrow morning.

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Contact us!

This fall, Why Tuesday? is going to relaunch with a brand new interactive website, documentary video series and a new set of election issues to talk about. We want to include you and your stories in the series, so we set up this new homepage so you can get in touch with us.

Have you had an adventure or misadventure at the polls? Wondered why politics happens the way it does? Go to whytuesday.org and let us know about your personal experience with American democracy. Invite us to your town. We want to tell your story, as I explain in this video:

On a separate note: Keep your eyes peeled for our question during Monday’s CNN/YouTube debate. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Our YouTube facelift

If you’ve logged onto our YouTube page recently, you might have noticed that the page looks a little different. We’ve put up some new artwork and organized the videos to make them more accessible. Take a look:

New here? Why Tuesday? is a nonpartisan effort to increase voter participation by encouraging a national debate about election reform. In the United States, the world’s most famous democracy, the problem of the vanishing voter is so bad that we lag behind almost every nation on Earth in voter turnout! The question “why do we vote on Tuesday?” spurs other important questions about weaknesses in our democracy, and Why Tuesday? is dedicated to addressing them.

While we gear up our game plan for the 2008 election, spend some time over at youtube.com/WHYTUESDAY and catch up on our first “season” of videos. The LA Times called the videos “an amusing cross between civics lesson and campaign-trail ‘gotcha.'” Stay tuned here and to our YouTube page for updates about our next adventure! Contact us here.

About Us

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?