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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Rep. Ellison (DFL-MN) Likes Weekend Voting!

NEW YORK, NY – Check out the first Get Out the Why video submission! Jacob Wheeler caught up with Representative Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) to ask why we vote on Tuesday?

Although Rep. Ellison supports moving Election Day to the weekend, he did not know the answer. In all fairness to the Congressman, most people have no idea why Election Day is on Tuesday.

Some background. Rep. Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. He is a member of Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer-Labor Party. When Rep. Ellison took office in 2007, he became the first muslim to be elected to the United States Congress and the first African-American elected to the House from Minnesota.

Thank you for the great video, Jacob Wheeler! Keep asking the tough questions!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Senator Norm Coleman: Not Into Weekend Voting

Here is Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman’s full response to the question we sent to him last week about increasing voter participation.

To watch Al Franken’s response, click here.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Al Franken and Sen. Coleman Respond!

Last week we submitted a video question via YouChoose08 on YouTube to Senator Norm Coleman and Al Franken, who are up against each other for a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota. We wanted to know what they would do to increase American voter participation. Well, they responded! (more…)

Monday, July 28th, 2008

YouChoose08: Norm Coleman and Al Franken

YouTube is asking users to pose questions to the candidates for U.S. Senate in Minnesota, the most-viewed and highest-ranked of which will be answered by the candidates themselves! So I asked Senator Norm Coleman and Al Franken what they would do to increase voter participation.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Why Tuesday? on Minnesota Public Radio

Norman J. Ornstein
Why Tuesday? Board Member Norman J. Ornstein

We’ve explored Minnesota’s fine track record of civic engagement and why they lead all states in voter turnout here.

Recently, Why Tuesday? Board Member Norman Ornstein gave an in-depth talk about the nuts and bolts of our voting system and the need for election reform at the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Yesterday, Minnesota Public Radio ran much of Professor Ornstein’s talk — including his shout-out to Why Tuesday? and his mention of Senator Bill Nelson’s election reform plan — at midday. Click here, or Professor Ornstein’s photo at right, to listen to his talk on Real Player.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Meet The Election Assistance Commission *


The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is an independent, bipartisan commission created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002. It will be holding a public meeting in Minnesota on the 16th. The EAC is operates the federal government’s first voting system certification program and is charged with making sure HAVA is executed-as-planned. They also adopt voluntary voting system guidelines that are, well, voluntary, and, according to their website, provide “best practices and resources to election officials throughout the nation.” (more…)

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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?