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Old 11-01-04, 06:04 PM
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Why is the election held on a Tuesday?

I am curious as to why the election is held mid-week and not at the weekend when more people would be able to participate.

Any historical reasons? I would have thought Saturday would have been a much more sensible day as people don't need to worry about scheduling voting in on an already busy day - especially when you hear horror stories about having to wait hours in the line (and you may only have 1/2 hour for lunch).
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Old 11-01-04, 06:12 PM
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It used to be on thursday til Friends and the Cosby Show bumped it to Tuesdays.
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Old 11-01-04, 06:17 PM
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Because holding it on a Wednesday would just be dumb.
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Old 11-01-04, 06:19 PM
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Old 11-01-04, 06:20 PM
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Probably because people are mostly not drunk on Tuesdays. They wait until the weekend, and Mondays you recover. Can't have drunk chicks voting, right?
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Saturday and Sunday have religions implications for various groups.

I've always advocated either voting on both days, or making Nov 2 a holiday.

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Johnny, I wonder that myself. I'm usually told, "people can still vote after work". But that doesn't answer my question.



Voting SHOULD be on Sunday. But then, maybe really christian Christians wouldn't vote? Same for really jewish Jews if it was Saturday?

How about this - Election Tuesday should be made a national holiday. America doesn't have enough!
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Old 11-01-04, 06:23 PM
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Originally posted by DonnachaOne
How about this - Election Tuesday should be made a national holiday. America doesn't have enough!
This one just may turn out to be one. You are requried by law time off from work to vote.. and if the lines at your polling place are 8 hours long ...
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Originally posted by General Zod
This one just may turn out to be one. You are requried by law time off from work to vote.. and if the lines at your polling place are 8 hours long ...
So my job has to give me time off to walk across the street and vote? Take that job. You owe me 5 min.
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Old 11-01-04, 06:28 PM
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So my job has to give me time off to walk across the street and vote? Take that job. You owe me 5 min.
Five more than I'd get since we must vote absentee.
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Old 11-01-04, 06:34 PM
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It is a holiday -

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Old 11-01-04, 06:35 PM
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Problem is Zod, while you might be legally allowed time off, it can still mean little if you're away from work for a few hours 'just to vote' and your employer makes a mental note (to deal with you later).

Also, what happens if everyone at your work decides they want to vote?

A long queue effectively means that the business will have no employees - and that may translate to no revenue for the day for the employer.

If you had voting on a Saturday or Sunday, everyone gets an equal opportunity to vote if they want (the religious argument, while valid, shouldn't really enter into it IMO as you have the doctrine of separating church and state). While Sunday/Saturday might be a Christian/Jewish day of rest, 'rest' does not really mean 'do nothing' (it just means don't work on the Sabbath).
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Old 11-01-04, 06:37 PM
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we don't need to make it easier to vote...if anything, we should make it harder
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Old 11-01-04, 06:39 PM
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Originally posted by Venusian
we don't need to make it easier to vote...if anything, we should make it harder
Perhaps you should only get to vote if you have a job and are currently paying taxes? Why should those that are not contributing money have a decision as to what should be done with it?

And now.. I leave this thread..
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Old 11-01-04, 06:40 PM
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It's a silly rule that really needs changed. It's right up there with "why do we only get one day to vote". Voting should start at 7AM on a Friday and end at 8pm on Sunday. But the strict voting hours and odd day of the week favors the incumbent (less votes always tend to help the incubment), so that's why it will never change.
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Originally posted by Birrman54
Saturday and Sunday have religions implications for various groups.
So does Friday.

I think those 3 days are the only ones set aside by largely practiced religions though.
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Old 11-01-04, 06:44 PM
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Originally posted by Shannon Nutt
(less votes always tend to help the incubment)
Please explain. Is the reasoning because they were elected previously and that was by people who are more likely to vote if there is a smaller turnout?
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Because new movie releases are announced on Tuesday. After you take time out to do something basically insignificant, you go to a movie store and get the latest movie...which is another few hours of insignficance I agree, but, it's more entertaining. I think.
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Old 11-01-04, 06:56 PM
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I actually think more people will vote on a weekday than on a Saturday or Sunday. More people are willing to take time out of work to vote, than they are willing to take time from their weekend.
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Old 11-01-04, 06:58 PM
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Don't most countries have national elections on Sundays?

I wonder with our general voter apathy whether more would vote here if elections were Sunday. I tend to think not - after all, there is football on November Sundays. That's the real religion.
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Old 11-01-04, 07:01 PM
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We normally have our on a Saturday and get 100% voter turnout.

(OK, admittedly that's because we have compulsory voting, not because of our choice of day )
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Not sure if this is an urban myth, but I have always thought that election day was Tuesday, because before modern transportation, it could take a while to get to a voting location. Since Sunday was a church day, people avoided missing church, and could use most of Monday to travel to the polls.

What I know is fact, is that Election day never lands on the 1st of the month.
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Old 11-01-04, 07:17 PM
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Originally posted by heimerSWT
What I know is fact, is that Election day never lands on the 1st of the month.
It's on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday, by law. The second is the earliest it can be, the eighth is the latest.
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Old 11-01-04, 07:18 PM
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It's the only day of the week CSI is not on, I guess.
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