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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Vote today!

I voted

Today is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, Election Day 2007.

Ian Urbina breaks down who is voting this year, and where, in today’s New York Times. Do you know why we’re voting today, a day smack in the middle of the work week?

If not, you’re not alone. We’ve asked politicians from Main Steet to the Washington, and most don’t have a clue. Isn’t it time for an upgrade? Psst… here’s the answer.

“I voted” sticker courtesy of aperture lag on flickr.

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

The Onion investigates Tuesday

Have a read of the Onion’s in-depth look at the day we vote. Here’s how it starts:

WASHINGTON, DC—After running a thousand errands, working hours of overtime, and being stuck in seemingly endless gridlock traffic commuting to and from their jobs, millions of Americans were disheartened to learn that it was, in fact, only Tuesday.

“Tuesday?” San Diego resident Doris Wagner said. “How in the hell is it still Tuesday?”

Click here for the full article.

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

When to vote, usually: Abbr.

NYT Crossword

That’s the clue for 107 down in today’s New York Times crossword puzzle by Will Shortz. Room for a four letter answer. Today’s theme: Political Positions.

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Roundup: Last week in election reform

It was a busy week for us behind the scenes at Why Tuesday?, and in the world of election reform. What is election reform exactly? And who is the guy in the photo? Get the answers, and much more election reform news, by clicking below. Photo by Cheryl Senter for the New York Times.

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

“Why not test people” to vote? (*updated)">LA Times’ Jonah Goldberg: “Why not test people” to vote? (*updated)

He suggested it Tuesday in the LA Times.

“Almost half of the American public doesn’t know that each state gets two senators,” Goldberg writes, and “two-thirds can’t explain the gist of what the Food and Drug Administration does.” So, he asks: “why not test people” to vote?

I wonder if Goldberg thought of, or knows the answer to this important civic question: Do you know why we vote on Tuesday, a day smack in the middle of the work week? If not, does that mean he is “certifiably uninformed”?

Goldberg divides election reform supporters (“voter turnout freaks”) into three camps: those who are for “mere aggrandizement for the Democratic Party,” those who “argue that voting is of itself a sign of civic health,” and “more serious people.” I sent him an e-mail and invited him to talk about this interesting perspective in a video blog. Stay tuned to see if I hear back.

* Update:
The blogosphere responds to Goldberg’s piece.

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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?