If you are African American or Latino, you waited in line to vote longer than anyone else. Today Democrats said in the New York Times they expect President Obama to address election reform in the State of the Union next week.
Evidence shows that early voting increases as Election Day nears — the weekend before Election Day has particularly high turnout. Mandating the availability of weekend voting, as well as both standard business and non-business hours during the week, frees citizens from making a choice between work and voting.
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.
Live Tweeting Election Reform
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.
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
On this day in 1845, Congress set the Tuesday after the first Monday in November as Election Day. Why? Absolutely no good reason whatsoever.
Watch this TED Talk for a slightly longer answer, then sign our petition asking President Obama to move Election Day to the weekend so everyone has equal access to the ballot box.
Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.
More people waited in line to vote in 2012 than in 2008.
As Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday, this is a continuing problem with our voting system that we need to fix.
This means taking steps to address long lines at polling places - and ensuring that every polling place has an adequate number of voting machines. We must acknowledge that giving our fellow citizens access to the voting booth for longer hours and over additional days will enable more of them to cast their ballots without unduly interfering with the work or family obligations that so many have.
To reduce long lines, Holder said polling places should have an adequate number of voting machines and be open for additional days - another difficult challenge because thousands of local officials make those decisions independently.
Reuters, reporting on Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks about election reform.
Weekend voting, anyone?
We repeat, SUNDAY. Not Tuesday, like the United States, where voter turnout sucks.
Photo via NBC News.