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Friday, March 5th, 2010

In Iraq, Weekend Voting Approaches

YouTube head of News & Politics (and Why Tuesday? advisory board member) Steve Grove shares this video of a citizen report from Iraq as their Election Day approaches. Note: their Election Day is on Sunday. Just saying.

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Why Tuesday? Goes To Washington

U.S. Representative (and Why Tuesday? correspondent) Steve Israel, author of the Weekend Voting Act in the House, today made the case for Weekend Voting on the floor of the House of Representatives. Specifically, Rep. Israel was on the floor to discuss language he added to the financial services bill to direct the U.S. Government Accountability Office to study the feasibility of weekend voting.

Still don’t know why we vote on Tuesday? You can find the answer here.

Previously:
Rep. Israel and Why Tuesday? at Personal Democracy Forum
U.S. Rep. Becomes Why Tuesday? Correspondent
Weekend Voting Act Introduced!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Rep. Steve Israel: Why Tuesday? Correspondent

For those of you looking for the episode of our vlog with U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) after he mentioned it at the Personal Democracy Forum today, look no further. For a photo of yours truly with Rep. Israel from this afternoon at PDF09, see below (I’m at left, Rep. Israel is center, and Steve Grove of YouTube is at right).

Soboroff, Israel, Grove

For more photos from PDF, click here.

Previously:
U.S. Rep. Becomes Why Tuesday? Correspondent
Weekend Voting Act Introduced!

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

President-Elect Obama On Our Voting System

Obama votes

This past week, Senator Herb Kohl (WI) and Representative Steve Israel (NY) introduced the Weekend Voting Act in Congress in an attempt to increase America’s voter participation. Despite unparalleled enthusiasm about the 2008 campaign, nearly 40% of Americans sat idle, at home, away from the voting booth, and American voter participation ranks near the bottom of all countries in the world!

So what might President-Elect Obama say about the idea of a Weekend Voting Act? Below, in his own words, is the President-Elect on the state of America’s voting system. I spoke with the President-Elect when he was still Senator Obama, in 2007, at the MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Well, couple things. Number one, I think we have to make it easier to vote. And I’m assuming that “Why Tuesday?” is for in favor of, for example, having it one weekends so that more people can vote. Same-day registration I think in a lot of states has shown to make sense. You know, early voting is another way to encourage people and make it more convenient for them to vote. But I think that, more than that, we also have to change what people are voting for. And if we don’t have serious campaign finance reform legislation, if we are not restricting the power of lobbyists and special interests to determine what the agenda is in Washington then people are going to get discouraged and no matter how easy you make it for them to participate they won’t participate.

To watch the video of my interview with President-Elect Obama, click here.

Still don’t know why we vote on Tuesday? Here’s the answer.

Photo of Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle voting in Chicago, IL on election day by David Katz of Obama for America via Flickr.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Texas-Sized Early Voting Turnout

Welcome KTRH morning news listeners in Houston! Even up here in the Big Apple we say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, perhaps not the skyscrapers. And yet, when it comes to early voting that certainly is true.

Moreover, in 2004 over 2.4 million Texans or nearly 30% of voting eligible population voted early. So far in 2008, over 2 million Texans have voted early, quickly approaching 25% of the vote eligible population – and there are still 2 days of early voting left. By all accounts, Texas’ 2004 record early voting turnout will be shattered this year. Look here at Galveston County turnout numbers and Lubbock turnout, for example. (more…)

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Weekend Voting? Mos Def!

If you were President, what would you do? Well, our friends at GOOD/Video are asking exactly that. If you are one of millions of Americans who would like voting to be more convenient, and you don’t understand why we vote on Tuesday, you are not alone. To find out why, click here.

Check out Mos Def’s response to GOOD/Video when they asked him. At the 1:41 mark, Mos exclaims that folks should vote on the weekend. Right on!

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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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Sunday would be inconvenient for Christians. We should, 1. Move the voting day to Saturday. 2...

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