Why Tuesday? is a nonprofit group that seeks to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is doing so by raising awareness about America’s low voter turnout and the broken state of the voting system. It is doing that by asking the question, why do we vote on Tuesday?
On the Why Tuesday? website there is a video where high profile, national lawmakers are asked that question—both Democrats and Republicans—and none of them know the answer. According to Why Tuesday? the answer is “for no good reason.”
Specifically, Why Tuesday? says:
“In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was. In 1875 Congress extended the Tuesday date for national House elections and in 1914 for federal Senate elections.
“Today, we are an urban society, and we all know how hard it is to commute to our jobs, take care of the children, and get our work done, let alone stand on lines to vote. Indeed, Census data over the last decade clearly indicates that the inconvenience of voting is the primary reason Americans are not participating in our elections.
“If we can move Columbus Day, Presidents’ Day and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday for the convenience of shoppers, why not make Election Day more convenient for the sake of voters? First and foremost, it is time to end the deafening silence of good people on this vitally important issue. So we ask: Why Tuesday?”
In addition, Why Tuesday? says its efforts have “inspired the introduction of the Weekend Voting Act in Congress,” passage of the Saturday Voting Act in San Francisco, and a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office about the feasibility of implementing Weekend Voting in the United States.
For seeking to increase voter participation, Why Tuesday? is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
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