Why Tuesday?

Election day
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Purple: Sunday (46 countries)

Pink: Multiple Days

Red: Monday (4 countries)

Orange: Tuesday (3 countries: Denmark, Israel and the USA)

Yellow: Wednesday (4 countries)

Green: Thursday (2 countries)

Blue: Friday (2 countries)

Navy: Saturday (9 countries)

 

Why do we vote on Tuesday’s?

Just because we’ve been doing the same thing for a hundred years doesn’t mean we shouldn’t embrace change.

Every wonder why we vote on Tuesdays?  The answer lies with America’s 19th-century farmers. Americans first began the custom of weekday voting in 1845 when Congress passed a federal law designating the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November as Election Day.

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.

That was then. 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 in line 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. Only 41% did in the Alabama Primary March 1 and that was a record.

 

New York Times – Everybody’s Voting for the Weekend

ABC News – Voting on the Weekend? Democrats Eye a New Election Day

Off the Kuff – If you really want to improve turnout in city elections

To fix low voter turnout, is answer changing election date?

Governing – The Wrong Ways to Elect America’s Mayors

Councilman looking to boost poor voter turnout by changing municipal election date

Election date change to hike voter turnout would have other effects: Dan Walters

Anchorage Assembly reconsiders decision to change municipal election dates

Royal Palm to consider changing its municipal election date

MSNBC – Georgia GOP dusts off Jim Crow tactic: Changing election date

Here Are Five Common Voter Suppression Tactics To Watch For

Washington Post – Where does America’s low voter turnout matter the most? In local elections

Moving local elections from spring to fall approved by Kansas Senate

Moving local elections — the costs, changes, upsides and downsides

Oklahomans strongly favor moving local school board election to November ballot

City of Sarasota considers moving election dates

Why do we vote on Tuesdays? And why do states pay for primaries?

NPR – Why Do We Vote On Tuesdays?

NPR – Several States, Some Employers Help Workers Make Time To Vote