U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) and I sat down yesterday in Washington, D.C., and he soon thereafter became the first member of Congress to report as a Why Tuesday? correspondent! Watch the video for our chat, and his report.
Rep. Israel recently introduced the Weekend Voting Act into the House in an attempt to move election day from "the Tuesday after the first Monday in November," as it has been since 1845, to Saturday and Sunday. "When I came to Washington, I thought there was a good reason to vote on Tuesday. There's not," says Israel. He's not at all certain the Act will pass. "The only way we're going to be successful is if the American people organize and mobilize behind this.... a senator and a congressman working on this, believe it or not, is not enough." After our talk, he took our Flip camera around Capitol Hill to ask citizens and a fellow Congressman the question we're always asking around here: Why do we vote on Tuesday?
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) introduced the same bill into the Senate earlier this year.
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