With the U.S. national election tomorrow, its going to be politics week on the blog.
Today - Why do we vote on Tuesday?
According to whytuesday.org:
In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was. In 1875 Congress extended the Tuesday date for national House elections and in 1914 for federal Senate elections.Check out this infographic:
However, this is not 1914...we have the opportunity to change when and where we vote. Millions have already taken advantage of early or absentee voting. But, in 15 states, Tuesday is the ONLY day that voting will be allowed.
This means, for many of us, voting may interfere with time spent at work. One must arrive at the polls and brave long lines in the hopes of getting our vote cast without missing our morning check-in at work. Or, we hope to get out early enough from work to make it to the polls before they close.
So, what is your workplace doing to ensure people vote? Are you giving time off to employees to let them make their political choice? Would you support making Election Day a national holiday?