It is no secret that America has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the world. Why Tuesday? is a 501(c)3 non-partisan organization that advocates moving election day to a weekend in order to accomodate more citizens’ schedules and increase turnout.
Why Tuesday? was founded in 2005 by William B. Watchel, who set out to question a vast array of senators, governors, and other leaders on why Americans always vote on a Tuesday. He found that the answer, which most of these leaders did not know, was that Tuesday was the most convenient day in 1845, when society was agrarian and people had to travel to vote. Why Tuesday? argues that in today’s urban society, people not only have to worry about getting themselves to their polling location but also about getting to work, caring for children, and other tasks that need to be done on weekdays. Further, a Tuesday election day places a particularly undue burden on those who are of lower economic standing and those who must care for children. Why Tuesday? has inspired the introduction of the Weekend Voting Act in Congress, the passage of the Saturday Voting Act in San Francisco, and a study by the U.S. GAO.
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