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Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Pelosi, Gore on Weekend Voting Act

Today at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, Texas, I spoke with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Vice President Al Gore, and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett about the proposal in Congress to move Election Day to Saturday and Sunday. Check out the video. (more…)

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Why Tuesday? in Newsday *

Newsday

As I just Tweeted, Newsday is running this article today about U.S. Rep. Steve Israel’s gig as a Why Tuesday? Correspondent and his work to push the Weekend Voting Act, which he introduced. On that note, Doug Chapin of ElectionLine.org says in the article he doesn’t think changing Election Day is going to help voter participation.

“Tuesday has history and inertia on its side,” said Chapin. “Changing it is more trouble than leaving it where it is.”

With the article, Newsday is running some exclusive video we provided them of Rep. Israel’s interview with Rep. Gary Ackerman, of New York, like Israel.

* UPDATE: Please see the comment from Doug Chapin of electionline.org for a clarification.

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

U.S. Rep. Becomes Why Tuesday? Correspondent

U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) and I sat down yesterday in Washington, D.C., and he soon thereafter became the first member of Congress to report as a Why Tuesday? correspondent! Watch the video for our chat, and his report. (more…)

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Election Day Registration? Weekend Voting? Maybe.

Kohl

We’ve already told you how Senator Bill Nelson wants to change the way and day we vote. Now two other election reform bills have surfaced that may do the same thing, in different ways.

In February, low-key Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl (D) put forward S. 2638, the Weekend Voting Act, something he’s done before and something we’ve discussed with him on video. Right now the bill sits in the Senate Rules and Administration Committee for markup. We’ll keep following it.

In late-breaking news, the other Wisconsin Senator — Russ Feingold (D) — and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), in response to Monday’s Supreme Court voter I.D. decision, put forward a proposal to have nationwide Election Day registration. We’ve talked with Feingold before on video, too. We’ll keep our eyes and ears on us mint silver coin and bring you any further updates.

For more about Election Day Registration, check out our very own Barnett Zitron’s analysis.

Photo of Senator Kohl, at right, via compujeramey on Flickr.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Follow Nelson’s Lead on Reforming Elections System

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

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is one of the good guys in Congress — smart, thoughtful, decent and hardworking. Now, fortunately, he is turning his attention and considerable energies to election reform, a broadly defined issue.

It is fortunate for two reasons: First, there are big issues out there and enough people distrustful of the electoral process or cynical about it to create a real crisis of governance the next time we have a very close election. Second, precious few lawmakers have decided to devote their time and attention to this topic.

Despite the emotions raised by problems with voting, this is not a slam-dunk winner of an issue politically. And those lawmakers who were instrumental in passing the Help America Vote Act in 2002 have either lost interest in the issue, are exhausted from it or believe we should wait awhile before acting again.

They are wrong. We do need to be careful about rushing to major reform without considering the costs and consequences; we are paying now for the rush to employ touch-screen devices known as DREs, or direct-recording electronic machines. And every major reform has to be absorbed by hapless election administrators who have neither the resources nor the trained personnel to make big changes on a frequent basis.

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Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Today’s Crystal Ball(ots)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The 2008 nominating contests are highly contested and are attracting record turnout levels in State after State. Candidates are doing their best to maintain this upward trend in turnout; however, Republican turnout is sure to falter after Super Tuesday’s results.

For the Democrats, in this spectacle horse race, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to inspire new voters (more…)

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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...

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.

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