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Thursday, November 30th, 2006

A New Petition for Weekend / Holiday Voting

Just got an interesting email from a group called Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT); they’ve launched a national campaign to get Americans to sign a petition to urge Congress to make Election Day a national holiday or move it to the weekend in order to increase voter participation. Sound familiar?

In the announcement, MATT says that the Center for the Study of the American Electorate reports that an estimated 40.4% of the U.S. voting age population turned out to vote on November 7 (as reported on this blog as well). Mexico had a voter turnout of 58.9% in this year’s presidential election. This is consistent with the US’s general relative turnout performance, which is- as we’ve mentioned here before- pretty discouraging.

MATT’s got its own angle on the election reform issue. “We’re always working to encourage and learn from bicultural dialogue and this is a terrific example of one way Americans can borrow an idea from Mexico and put it to good use for every American voter,” says MATT.org’s CEO Lionel Sosa. And apparently, Henry Cisneros (Housing Secretary under Bill Clinton) has thrown his support behind the MATT effort.

The petition is available on the front of the group’s website at http://www.matt.org and directly if you click here.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California (R): “We have to make campaigns very positive…”

Props to the Road Team for blagging their way into what looks like a real press conference. As we fall off to sleep watching CNN/Fox/what have you, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stands with his family on a verdant lawn. The Gubernator doesn’t think Election Day is the issue- he thinks a lack of excitement about politics is. A smooth and easy clip to mark the passing of another Election Tuesday…

ps If you can’t hear it, the Governor’s bon mot upon hearing Barnett’s follow-up question is, “Yes, we are moving into the weekend; joy joy!”

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) and Rep. Jane Harman (D – CA 36th): “A new look for the 21st Century…”

The (unstoppable) Road Team caught up with Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Jane Harman at a rally for Phil Angelides in California. Senator Feinstein, a 14-year veteran and California’s senior Senator, wasn’t ready to come down for or against voting as a holiday. The team caught Congresswoman Harman- whose website is to be commended for its richness in substantive policy issues, by the way- at a better time, however, and she has a ton to say.

The Congresswoman mentions several touchpoints of election reform: public financing, reforming the Electoral College, making Election Day a holiday, and considering the lessons of several countries where she’s observed Sunday elections where it’s a big celebration everyone wears their finest duds. In addition to serving as a testament to the Congresswoman’s awareness of these issues, it’s interesting that once again someone has observed how interlinked many aspects of reform are. One needn’t wait for all the others, but focusing on any one area seems to make it easier to consider improving other aspects of the system.

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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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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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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