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Why Tuesday

A Shift in Focus, a Push to the Polls

Scott Levenson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Levenson

With a new mayor and city council, this election is set to usher in a new era of New York City politics. Unfortunately, despite the historical implications of the upcoming election, voter turnout today is still likely to be just as low as it usually is.

Get Out What Vote?

Scott Levenson | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Scott Levenson

It is mind-boggling that winning candidates regularly assume office with mandates that are hardly representative of the diverse makeup of the city's population. Leaders cannot govern effectively with the support of such a paltry slice of the electorate.

Voting Rights Should Be More Than a 'Dream'

David Orr | Posted 10.28.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

By requiring photo IDs in the polling place or proof of citizenship when registering, states are imposing unnecessary burdens to deliberately exclude citizens from the election process.

Aaron Sankin

Will This State Introduce Saturday Voting?

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

For over 150 years, citizens across the United States have traditionally voted on Tuesdays. However, for many voters, scheduling this most fundamental...

Strengthening the Right to Vote

David Orr | Posted 02.18.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

Prompted by the long waits President Obama criticized in his victory speech on November 6, the Senate is now the official arbiter of dozens of election reform proposals.

The Time Is Now to Change Election Day

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Jacob Soboroff

The United States is the world's most famous democracy, yet we rank near the bottom of all nations in voter turnout. So why, when U.S. Census data says most Americans don't vote because it's inconvenient, do we vote on Tuesday smack in the middle of the week?

Record GOP Turnout, on Saturdays

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Jacob Soboroff

This year I've crisscrossed the country with the help of Participant Media's TakePart.com to find out what the GOP presidential candidates think about moving Election Day to the weekend.

Why Vote Tuesday? Ask the Candidates.

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 01.10.2012 | Impact
Jacob Soboroff

Voter participation in the United States is too low, and too difficult. The world's most famous democracy ranks near the bottom of all nations in vote...

WATCH LIVE 9:30 AM ET: Creating the Voting Rights Act of 2012

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 01.07.2012 | Impact
Jacob Soboroff

Why Tuesday? is relaunching for the 2012 cycle with an event broadcast live from the Newseum. We will be officially unveiling our new website, a new video, our 2012 Candidate Challenge, and we're hosting a live panel discussion about your right to vote.

Why Tuesday?

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Amb. Andrew J. Young

Last week, American voters swept in a new crop of leaders, and once again brought change to Washington, DC. What has not changed, however, is the precariously low voter participation in our nation.

Believe It: How a Little Video Blog Powered the Agenda for Election Reform

Andy Plesser | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

I interviewed Jacob Soboff, creator of the Why Tuesday advocacy campaign. The organization set out to change the national voting day from Tuesday to the weekend in an effort to build greater voter participation.

Voting in India? Google It!

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Soboroff

Google, YouTube's parent company, is teaming up with some heavy hitters in India to bring vital election info to the people of India with their Lok Sabha Elections Center.

American Voting System Still Broken

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Soboroff

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, goes the expression. Well, according to the New York Times, the American voting system is broken. So let's fix it. Fo...

WATCH>> Hollywood Actress Stars in "Famous PSA" on Why You Should Vote

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

A famous actress gives her perspective about voting in this new get-out-the-vote PSA from whytuesday.org. Because democracy is about getting your views on governance recognized.

Study: Driving On Election Day Could Be Hazardous To Your Health

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

Redelmeier compared the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on Election Day Tuesday to the Tuesdays before and after.

WATCH>> Obama, Biden Election Reform

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

Now they're running-mates, but last October Obama told me he supported the idea of weekend voting to increase voter participation and Biden said he wouldn't necessarily support it.

WATCH>> Al Franken and Norm Coleman Debate Tuesday Voting on YouTube

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

"I think voting on the weekend is a great idea, even though that means standing up to the powerful Tuesday lobby."

WATCH>> Bob Barr Doesn't Know Why We Vote On Tuesday

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

"I'll tell you, we need to do something, and we need to do a lot of different things, and changing the voting day is one of the things we need to do. I would sign such legislation."

WATCH>> Pelosi, Gore Like Weekend Voting Idea

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

At Netroots Nation, Gore and Pelosi speak out on the Weekend Voting Act.

WATCH>> Congressman Rallies Support Online To Update Voting Laws

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel hits the streets of D.C. and the halls of the Capitol to ask a simple question, which most members of Congress can't answer: Why do we vote on Tuesday?

WATCH: Obama Girl's Daily Conference Call?! Ludacris, will.i.am, Arianna & More On Webby Red Carpet

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

Ludacris on new-media news: "Hey, it's all about the people. It's all about original content..."

WATCH: HBO "Recount" People Set Up Original Florida Voting Machines

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

They're ba-ack! The infamous Election 2000 Votomatic reappeared in L.A. this afternoon, complete with butterfly ballots and hanging chads. Were they any less confusing in L.A. than they were in Broward County?

Election Mail Fraud? Not Here, Says Postal Service

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

Oregon votes entirely by mail. This week I met with United States Postal Service Communications Program Specialist Larry H. Dozier to learn more.

Chris Rock on Why We Vote on Tuesday

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

"You ever throw a party on a Tuesday? No. Because nobody would come."

How Long Does It Take To Get A Voter ID?

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

I visited with election law expert Rick Hasen and hopped on the bus to time how long it would take to get a photo ID to vote if you don't already have one.