Why... Wednesday? -
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has set a special election for Wednesday October 16th.
So for once, we’re asking “Why Wednesday?” — not that we’re happy about it.
The White House has launched the website and announced the appointees for The Presidential Commission on Election Reform.
On a Tuesday, ironically.
A beautiful thing. Registering to vote.
Voter Registration Drive.
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 Slaughter said, “Having Election Day on a Tuesday is an outdated requirement that simply does not comport with the schedules of modern Americans.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.
More info here.
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I’m speaking this weekend in Seattle at Citizen University about my work with Why Tuesday? and more. My talk is called “How To Ask Why? In Public.” Hope you see you there!
Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that will decide the future of the Voting Rights Act, one of our nation’s most crucial Civil Rights era laws. People are rallying today outside the court. I’ll be covering this later today on HuffPost Live.
Photo via Rock The Vote.
Big news! Mimi Marziani is joining Why Tuesday? as our new Director of Operations. We couldn’t be more excited!
Read the press release here.
Updated 3/7 to correct Marziani’s title.
It’s a big week for voting rights in the United States. The Supremes are going to take up Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires pre-clearance for voting changes in states with a history of discrimination. Stay tuned.
I sure hope not.