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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. That usually means that voting is a two step process that requires a trip to a government office during their business hours before you can even think about squeezing in a trip to the polls on a Tuesday. And that’s if you remember to register before the deadline, a date that usually gets buried in the local news by the elections themselves. So if you make the time to show up the polls, but you forgot to register, you’re out of luck. That is, unless you live in the eight states that allow Same Day Voter Registration (Also know as Election Day Registration). 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, a one-stop-shop for all your civic engagement needs.

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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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I feel like Sunday should be the voting day in the US. Tuesday is just so inconveniant for many people that it's going to lower the vote count and make only the really extremists vote

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

It ought to be on a sunday. no other country in the world does elections on a weekday.

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