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Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Talking North Dakota Voting on NPR

Burleigh County, ND

This morning on NPR Weekend Edition I talked about (as I vlogged about earlier) how voters need not register in North Dakota. Listen to my conversation with host Liane Hansen by clicking here.

While you’re at it, NPR’s Robert Siegel and Professor Paul Gronke of Reed College in Oregon discussed the evolution of the American voting system (including Siegel talking about why we vote on Tuesday) on All Things Considered this past Friday. Listen to their conversation by clicking here.

Photo of Burleigh County, ND seal by me via Why Tuesday? on Flickr.

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

NPR: Rethinking the Tuesday Vote


This month, Weekend Edition Sunday is exploring what it means to be an American by way of American history. I contributed an essay about why we vote on Tuesday for today’s program, and this is the blog post which goes along with my essay.

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

NPR’s “Get My Vote”

I often cite Thomas Paine’s famous statement that voting for representatives is the right by which all other rights are protected. But this day in age — living in a “videocracy” — platforms like MySpace and YouTube are arguably as important. Now we can add NPR to that list as well.

I just filed this report for NPR Sunday Soapbox about the new Get My Vote initiative, an interactive forum where you can share what it would take to get your vote, and why. If you participate some of your stuff might end up on air!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

My Chat with Andy Carvin

I spent the day today at NPR in Washington, D.C. working on a couple of pieces for Sunday Soapbox. I also had a chance to step out for an iced tea with Andy Carvin, online genius for NPR, who streamed part of our chat live online with his QIK cam. Pretty awesome.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Why Vote By Mail?

Oregon is the only state in the Union that votes entirely by mail, and as NPR’s Ina Jaffe reported last week, that’s not only changing the way campaigns conduct their get-out-the-vote efforts, it also removes the tradition of the secret ballot entirely from Oregon’s voting system. Yesterday I met with United States Postal Service Communications Program Specialist Larry H. Dozier to learn more about voting-by-mail.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

On NPR, America’s Broken Voting System

I was introduced this morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday as the newest contributor to Sunday Soapbox, their political blog. My first video blog for Sunday Soapbox was all about what we do, and it was played on-air. I posed (and answered) the question that everyone’s always asking around here: why do we vote on Tuesday? Listen now.

For more about NPR Sunday Soapbox, click here.

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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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In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

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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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