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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

GOTW in the LA Times!

Well, some mainstream media is already taking notice of Get Out the Why! Check out the article from the LA Times below. The author heard about the initiative and contacted us for the story- we’re totally delighted and can only hope that this will lead to an avalanche of submissions, comments, and discussion- which is the point of this enterprise in the first place…

We’re gonna get a swanky graphic link/logo, but until then you can check out the story here.

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Senator John Kerry (D – MA): “To be truthful with you, I’m not sure why…”

The GOTW Road Team caught up with 2004 Presidential Candidate John Kerry in California at a campaign event; the Senator didn’t know why we vote on Tuesdays (check the video for what he thought), but did have some strong opinions about Election Day Registration and other access issues.

P.S. from the Team: I know we’ve been talking to Democrats for the last couple entries, but we’re out to ask anyone we can find. Stay tuned as we look for answers to “Why Tuesday” from Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, and Vegetarians – and that’s just for starters.

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa (D) – “A reflection of the rural aspect of America”

The GOTW Road Team caught up with its first Governor, Tom Vilsack, in downtown Des Moines. Governor Vilsack has a pretty good handle on the answer to the question, and discussed his personal focus in election reform: mail-in-voting, a la Oregon (and much of Washington).

Update: On Thursday, November 9th, Tom Vilsack became the first officially-filed Presidential Candidate in the ’08 race.

To all you folks checking this out, we at the Road Team wanna emphasize that we’re looking for company. We’re hitting the roads to ask the question, but to really get a national canvas we’re looking for videos taken by tons of folks from all over (plus there’s that prize money). So if you’re watching and enjoying, as we know many of you are, find out who’s coming to your area, grab a camera or videophone, and go get askin’. Don’t let us have all the fun.

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Senator Herb Kohl (D- WI): “It shouldn’t be on a day, Tuesday, when you are very very busy…”

GOTW Road Team, moving down the road. We caught up with Senator Herb Kohl in the Pfister Hotel coffee shop in downtown Milwaukee. An 18-year veteran of the Senate, Senator Kohl introduced the Weekend Voting Act in 2005, so this interview was a little different than the others. The Senator didn’t only know “Why Tuesday,” he had a lot of arguments for why Tuesday might not be the best way to serve all Americans. For the full scoop, peep the clip.

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Senator Russ Feingold (D- WI): “Maybe it has something to do with…”

The GOTW Road Team caught up with Russ Feingold at his 999th Listening and Learning session in his home state of Wisconsin. Elected to the Senate in 1992, Senator Feingold has made a name for himself as an outspoken representative whose conscience guides his policy decisions.

That didn’t help him answer the question, though; it flummoxed the amiable Senator completely. Check out the clip to get the whole deal.

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Senator Richard Lugar (R- IN): “Thanks for the piece of education”

Road Team: At an event touting Indiana’s newest biodiesel fueling station, we had a chance to catch up with Senator Richard Lugar. Senator Lugar has held his office for thirty years, and serves as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In other words, he knows his stuff. But again, even though he’d clearly given thought to the idea of making Election Day a holiday, he didn’t know why we vote on Tuesdays- although he seemed glad when Jake could fill him in.

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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

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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...

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.

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