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Election Reforms

With long lines, low turnout, and restrictive laws, America’s voting system is broken. But as Barack Obama said in the 2013 State of the Union “We can fix this, and we will.” We’ve asked every Congressman, Senator, Governor, and candidate to make their position on the following reforms clear, and you can track their responses here.

Weekend Voting

One solution to fix our broken voting system and increase participation is to move Election Day from Tuesday, a busy work day, to the weekend — giving voters the time and flexibility they need to cast their ballot.

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Making Election Day a National Holiday

Right now, most Americans have a pretty compelling excuse not to vote on Tuesday – they’re probably at work.

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Online or Automatic Registration

In 2014 you can pay your bills, file your taxes, and renew your driver’s license online, so why not register to vote online too? Or why not go even further and automatically register citizens when they turn 18 (or are naturalized) and automatically reregister them when they file a change of address with any government office.

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No Excuse Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots already allow voters with an excuse – like travel or sickness – to vote using a mail-in ballot. In many states a voter needs to send in a written request for a ballot and some states even require a notary or witness to sign the envelope along with the submitting voter. But why should voters need an excuse to cast an absentee ballot?

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Voting ID Cards

Today, there is a movement afoot to require that voters provide documentation of their identity at the polls. Some ideas within this movement propose to restrict the eligible documentation that voters can use.

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Other Reforms

The following are some of the other electoral reforms that have been proposed.

Renew the VRA

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits discrimination in voting. The act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson during the American Civil Rights Movement (1954-68) when minorities in the South faced significant obstacles to voting, such as poll taxes, literacy tests, harassment, intimidation, and various bureaucratic restrictions to deny them the right to vote.

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Online Voting

In an age when nearly every other task we do on a daily basis involves the Internet — voting is still in the dark ages.

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Vote Centers

Most voters are assigned a polling location based on where they live, but why not give them an option to vote in a central location near where people work.

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Vote By Mail

Every state has absentee ballots, but in Oregon and Washington, almost every ballot is cast by mail.

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Same Day Voter Registration

Most states require that you register to vote days, or even weeks, before election day in order to vote. But if you just moved to Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Wyoming, or Washington DC you can register and vote at the same time.

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About Us

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

The Answer

In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote... More

Recent Comments

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.

Posted by Zander on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?