As the group WhyTuesday.org has pointed out, the practice of holding elections on Tuesdays stems from an 1845 law meant to accommodate an agrarian society that is long gone. Today, voting on a workday is a burden for most Americans, and it just isn’t necessary. The District is free to move its local elections to the weekend. Ideally, Election Day would be a 24-hour period running from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, to avoid both religious conflicts and the inevitable morning and evening “rush hours” created by voters flocking to the polls before and after work. But if voting over two days is too onerous or expensive, the city could have Election Day on either Saturday or Sunday, with early voting a few days beforehand for those who are away on the weekend or can’t vote on the Sabbath.
Why Tuesday? Do you think this law is outdated? Let us know what you think!
Tell Governor John Kasich that any attempt to suppress the vote is wrong.
Ask him to veto 2 election bills currently on his desk that would make it more difficult for Ohioans to vote. In a democracy, we want more people to vote, not less.
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This is picture of an early voting line in one of Ohio’s largest cities (Columbus) in 2012. Similar pictures exist for early vote lines in other large cities throughout Ohio.
Two Election Bills reached Governor John Kasich’s desk that among other things, would shorten the early vote period by 6 days and prohibit the mailing of absentee ballot applications from the County Boards.
Tell Governor Kasich that Ohioans should not be subjected to this effort to suppress votes. Email him here or sign our Moveon petition here to ask him to veto the bills now.
The Ohio House of Representatives passed 2 bills today that restrict voting rights. It is important that we remember that voting rights were only guaranteed to everyone a few decades ago, and many people lost their lives to gain that right.