Tom Brokaw, YOU ARE THE MAN. Thanks for the Why Tuesday? shout out and the endorsement of weekend voting on Meet The Press this morning!
At one level, as a longtime and strong proponent of making voting easier for all Americans who are eligible, I would love to make Election Day a holiday. Far too many working people are hamstrung on Tuesday; they can vote only before or after work, when the lines are especially long and when people whose livelihoods depend on getting to work on time and getting the hourly pay cannot afford to wait for an hour or more. But adding an Election Day holiday is simply too costly… That is why I helped to found Why Tuesday, an organization focused on informing Americans that the tradition of Tuesday Election Days is not writ in stone or in the Constitution, but was chosen to suit a 19th-century agrarian economy. We believe it makes far more sense to move elections to the weekend.
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.
We repeat, SUNDAY. Not Tuesday, like the United States, where voter turnout sucks.
Photo via NBC News.
Whether you voted for the first time, or waited in line for a very long time… by the way we have to fix that.
Did you catch us on MSNBC this morning?
I was on Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC for the first time this morning talking about Why Tuesday?, the absurdity of Tuesday voting, and how much I love Ari Melber. Take a look. It was super fun. And if you want to support moving Election Day to the weekend so everyone can vote, sign this petition.
If only 15 states weren’t Tuesday-only voting. Help us change that by signing our petition to Congress and the President to move Election Day to the weekend.
Why in the hell do we vote on a TUESDAY in November? every. single. election. season. #NoSense
Tweet from @Connor_Shank.
Hey Conor, here’s the answer: absolutely no good reason whatsoever.