Minnesota has some of the highest voter participation in the United States. Now both candidates for Senate there are talking about improving voter participation nationwide, thanks to a YouTube political initiative.
Last week, I submitted a video question via YouTube"s YouChoose08 to Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Al Franken. I wanted to know what they would do to increase American voter participation, which ranks near the bottom of all countries in the world. I asked specifically about the Weekend Voting Act, which has been introduced into the House by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and into the Senate by Sen. Herbl Kohl (D-WI).
Franken: "I think voting on the weekend is a great idea, even though that means standing up to the powerful Tuesday lobby."
Coleman: "I think we're going to do OK, even if we keep voting on Tuesday."
If you're curious, Franken says hi to my mom in the video because in our original video question, I mention my mom is a native Minnesotan.
Still don't know why we vote on Tuesday? Here"s the answer.
Why Tuesday? is an effort to make America's democracy stronger through increased voter participation; we work to make election reform an issue that our politicians cannot afford to avoid. Read more campaign coverage from OffTheBus by clicking here.