The Weekend Voting Act, which would move Election Day from the Tuesday after the first Monday in November to Saturday and Sunday, was reintroduced to Congress this week.
Washington, D.C.— Today, Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) announced legislation to move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first full weekend, thereby making it more convenient for voters and increasing voter turnout.
Rep. Israel said, “Voting should be easy and accessible. This is why, in 1845, Congress decided that voting on a Tuesday made sense. It was the easiest day for farmers in our agrarian society to get to the polls. But times have changed, and Tuesday voting just doesn’t make sense anymore. By moving Election Day from a single day in the middle of the work week to a full weekend, we are encouraging more working Americans to participate. Our democracy will be best served when our leaders are elected by as many Americans as possible.”
Rep. Slaughter said, “Having Election Day on a Tuesday is an outdated requirement that simply does not comport with the schedules of modern Americans. Instituting weekend voting would make it easier and more convenient for Americans to exercise their right to vote, and would help reduce lines at the polls and increase voter turnout.”
The Weekend Voting Act would allow for national polls to be open from 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) Saturday to 6 p.m. (ET) Sunday in the 48 contiguous states. Election officials would be permitted to close polls during the overnight hours if they determine it would be inefficient to keep them open. Reps. Israel, Slaughter, Larson, Clyburn and Dingell are the original cosponsors of the legislation.
Want to join our movement? Sign our petition to the President and Congress to move Election Day to the weekend so everyone can vote.
The Brennan Center’s new report, How To Fix Long Lines, on how important weekend voting is to increasing American voter turnout and making sure all Americans have a chance to vote.
Our Tom Rossmeissl was at the Brennan Center’s conference on election reform yesterday in Washington D.C. at the National Press Club, and live-tweeted the affair.
Alvin Jaeger, #nd SoS, just spoke. Only state with no voter reg.. Asks congress not to force them to change - it’s “working pretty well”— Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) January 24, 2013
Beverly Hudnut from Campaign Legal Center: lots of common ground from both parties about problems & need to solve them. Devil in the details— Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) January 24, 2013
. @brennancenter: need congressional action & min standards for voter reg. Must be portable & ability to update reg info online or at polls— Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) January 24, 2013
. @brennancenter : modernizing registration can be a net cost benefit for states. Just need startup costs (that get recouped quickly)— Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) January 24, 2013
#nd’s jaeger: troubling when legislators pursue reform w/o actually working the polls or at least talking to the election officials.— Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) January 24, 2013
Our co-founder, Ambassador Andrew Young, on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the second inauguration of Barack Obama.
Reuters, reporting on Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks about election reform.
Weekend voting, anyone?
Tweet from @Connor_Shank.
Hey Conor, here’s the answer: absolutely no good reason whatsoever.
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