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Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Greetings From #Nerdland

Our Jacob Soboroff spoke with Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC program, aka #nerdland, this morning about the absurdity of Tuesday voting, particularly the fact that in 15 states over 60 million eligible voters are forced to vote only on Tuesday. Harris-Perry said why she likes what we’re doing:

I love this idea of actually question what our voting practices are, because I think typically we always think of — however we vote — we think of it as natural or True with a capital T, rather than the result of kind of political wrangling.

In the segment, Harris-Perry showed a map of the 15 states in which there is Tuesday-only voting. (more…)

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

WATCH: Meghan McCain Convinces Larry King

Major shout out to our advisory board member Meghan McCain who converted Larry King to a weekend voting supporter while appearing on his presidential debate after show on ORA TV. Meghan, who joined our effort at our re-launch in November 2011, broke it down for King.

I have no problem with the Electoral College. I actually have a bigger problem with the day we chose to vote. There’s actually this great orgainzation I’m a part of called Why Tuesday? That’s trying to change voting.

Meghan goes on to explain the antiquated reason America votes on Tuesdays to King and Margaret Cho and why it makes more sense for America to vote on the weekend. King responded by saying “I support that.” (more…)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Why Tuesday? on FOX News

Earlier this morning I joined host Jonathan Hunt on his FOX News “On The Hunt” program to talk about Why Tuesday? and the work we’re doing to try and increase American voter participation.

We spent nearly ten minutes talking about how absurd it is that the United States still, 167 years after Tuesday Election Day was picked to make voting convenient for an agrarian society traveling by horse-and-buggy, that we vote in the middle of the work week. We had a laugh when I said this to the host:

I do not often travel by horse and buggy in 2012, Jonathan, and I’d imagine you don’t either.

Throughout the conversation Jonathan read viewer questions and feedback from the FOXNews.com online audience, including comments about voting online, voter ID and more. You can watch our complete conversation here. (more…)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The Struggle To Increase Voter Turnout

This morning I explained to Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point why Americans have historically voted on Tuesdays and why we should move Election Day to the weekend. Soledad brought up that in Puerto Rico, Election Day is a holiday and turnout can get up to 90% of eligible voters. Her point was great, and I told her as much:

As you said, in Puerto Rico, [Election Day is] a national holiday. People are out in the streets celebrating. In America, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November is a work day, just like any other day. In New Hampshire, where you are right now, it’s one of the most political states in the entire Union and the last primary election for president held there 53% of the people showed up to vote.

Watch the video for more of our conversation. (more…)

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Enough Is Enough

Before we headed to Iowa to ask the 2012 GOP candidates how they’d protect our right to vote, I stopped by the Current TV studio of The Young Turks to talk about why we were hitting the road. Host Michael Shure asked me about how new restrictions on the franchise this election cycle play into our work. I told him they go hand in hand:

Enough is enough with some of these laws in some of these states. People are trying to roll back the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which said we’re going to take a good hard look at any proposed changes in states with a history of discrimination… from Texas to Florida, wherever. Any attempt to restrict the franchise. Whether it’s voter ID or taking back early voting is terrible, and it’s very closely connected with what we’re doing at Why Tuesday.

Watch our entire conversation. (more…)

Monday, December 5th, 2011

CBS: Time to stop voting Tuesdays?

I was at the CBS News Broadcast Center in New York last week to talk about our push to move Election Day to Saturday and Sunday to increase turnout. I sat down with senior political reporter Brian Montopoli and told him why we think it’s time to upgrade our voting system.

In 2011, coming onto 2012, we will be voting on a day and in a way that was set for an agrarian society 160-something years ago. Frankly it literally is just silly that we’re still voting on this day when so many Americans are working two jobs, don’t necessarily have time to make it to the polls before or after work.

Watch the complete interview and let us know what you think. (more…)

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Why Tuesday? is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005 to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections... More

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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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