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

Election Day isn’t a holiday to most Americans, which means they spend their days at their places of work, often far from their polling locations (which most states require to be near their homes). That means voters have to juggle work schedules, family responsibilities, and commuting to figure out when they can vote. And – as Census data has shown – the primary reason Americans don’t vote is that it’s inconvenient to do so. Between work, family responsibilities, and commuting traffic, it’s no wonder turnout is so low – and then those that do go vote before work, after work, or at lunch have to deal with long lines.

But what if we made Election Day a federal holiday? Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday are all federal holidays – scheduled around weekends for convenience. Doesn’t it make sense to give voters the day off, too?

There’s no good reason to vote on a Tuesday to begin with – read more here – but if we have to keep Election Day on a Tuesday, the least we can do is make it easier for people to vote on that day.

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

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