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[*] Post 464971 posted on 13-10-2012 at 11:04 Reply With Quote
Voting on a Tuesday?



What's so special about Tuesdays?
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[*] Post 464972 posted on 13-10-2012 at 11:42 Reply With Quote


Perhaps they don't like Mondays ?





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[*] Post 465031 posted on 14-10-2012 at 05:52 Reply With Quote


Elections were established in 1845 on the first Tuesday in November so that people who had to travel overnight to get to a voting location would not have to do so on Sunday, which is observed as the Sabbath by many Christians. Wednesday was market day in many towns, so it was ruled out. Other than this thinking, the day was arbitrary--Friday could have been chosen (but, that would have been a bad choice for Jewish people).

Before this time, each state chose its own election day, but the ones which set their election day later could be influenced by the results from earlier-voting states.

The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November was a formula used to keep the voting day within 34 days of the meeting of the Electoral College, which was already part of American election law.
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