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  • Why Tuesday?

    This may be an odd question but why is the election on a Tuesday? You also have super Tuesday during the primaries so why?

    Surely the weekend would be better as less people are at work and available to vote all day. What's so special about random Tuesdays?

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    The people were too hung over, some still drunk on Mondays.

    Seriously, I cannot ever recall hearing as for the reason. But we hardly always make it easy for our citizens to vote. When I owned my business, I would allow the employees to leave to go vote, in fact, they were rewarded for doing their civic duty. My major competitor would not allow it, so his employees had to wait until they got off from work, which meant few probably voted at all. I always promoted voting instead of making it harder for folks. Many businesses do not see the importance of their people doing their civic duty, in fact, I would imagine some of them would rather their people not vote at all. With voter turnout being disgusting in this nation, there are many reason that it got that way, and it is more than just general apathy. I think overall, there has been efforts at repressing voting, in various nefarious ways. We saw this several times in the democratic primary when obviously the establishment dems wanted to depress voter turnout, to help keep sanders from winning.

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    • #3
      the weekend would be worse, less Americans would show up if it was their day off of work. I never had problems with an employer letting me get to work late, have a super long lunch, or leave early so I could go vote.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JDJarvis View Post
        the weekend would be worse, less Americans would show up if it was their day off of work. I never had problems with an employer letting me get to work late, have a super long lunch, or leave early so I could go vote.
        I used to vote on the way to work or after work of course I live in a white suburb so there were always plenty of machines no long lines.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PeterUK75 View Post
          This may be an odd question but why is the election on a Tuesday? You also have super Tuesday during the primaries so why?

          Surely the weekend would be better as less people are at work and available to vote all day. What's so special about random Tuesdays?
          It stems from a time when a large portion of our citizens were farmers. Many lived a long ways from their polling place. They had to travel more than a day to get there. If the elections were held on Monday, Many would not be able to get to the polls without missing Church on Sunday.

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          • #6
            You also seem to be obsessed with over complicating the voting method.
            My mum runs a voting station here in the UK and I help set it up and the most technological part of the process for us is a pencil.
            We have voting booths for privacy but other than that it's a piece of paper with a ballot on it and a pencil tied to the booth with some string none of this machine business and the thought of us going digital voting may happen by the year 3000 if we get super lucky.
            People get sent a card with their details on it like address and stuff and they aren't required to take this to the voting booth (we are all given a certain booth to go to who have a list on paper of all the people who can vote) and they turn up give a name and vote it's likely been the same for generations.
            It's why we've never had a hanging chad incident.

            Just have people turn up and tick a box and bugger off again you don't need to spend $500m on an election. This also pretty much stops fraud as well as once someone comes in as Joe Bloggs and then turns up again later they will most likely be recognised if they try to vote as someone else or if they try Joe Bloggs again it's rather obvious.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PeterUK75 View Post
              You also seem to be obsessed with over complicating the voting method.
              My mum runs a voting station here in the UK and I help set it up and the most technological part of the process for us is a pencil.
              We have voting booths for privacy but other than that it's a piece of paper with a ballot on it and a pencil tied to the booth with some string none of this machine business and the thought of us going digital voting may happen by the year 3000 if we get super lucky.
              People get sent a card with their details on it like address and stuff and they aren't required to take this to the voting booth (we are all given a certain booth to go to who have a list on paper of all the people who can vote) and they turn up give a name and vote it's likely been the same for generations.
              It's why we've never had a hanging chad incident.
              t for certain demographicss
              Just have people turn up and tick a box and bugger off again you don't need to spend $500m on an election. This also pretty much stops fraud as well as once someone comes in as Joe Bloggs and then turns up again later they will most likely be recognised if they try to vote as someone else or if they try Joe Bloggs again it's rather obvious.
              We don't have a problem either. What we have is a voter suppression problem. We have one political party that is dedicated to making it as difficult as possible for certain demographics to vote.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by redrover View Post
                We don't have a problem either. What we have is a voter suppression problem. We have one political party that is dedicated to making it as difficult as possible for certain demographics to vote.
                Yes, that demographic is illegal aliens.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PeterUK75 View Post
                  You also seem to be obsessed with over complicating the voting method.
                  My mum runs a voting station here in the UK and I help set it up and the most technological part of the process for us is a pencil.
                  We have voting booths for privacy but other than that it's a piece of paper with a ballot on it and a pencil tied to the booth with some string none of this machine business and the thought of us going digital voting may happen by the year 3000 if we get super lucky.
                  People get sent a card with their details on it like address and stuff and they aren't required to take this to the voting booth (we are all given a certain booth to go to who have a list on paper of all the people who can vote) and they turn up give a name and vote it's likely been the same for generations.
                  It's why we've never had a hanging chad incident.

                  Just have people turn up and tick a box and bugger off again you don't need to spend $500m on an election. This also pretty much stops fraud as well as once someone comes in as Joe Bloggs and then turns up again later they will most likely be recognised if they try to vote as someone else or if they try Joe Bloggs again it's rather obvious.
                  Here in Missouri, we mark a ballot with a sharpie and it is run through a machine to read and record the vote. The paper ballots are saved in case a recount of the ballots is required. When you register to vote you do have to prove you are a citizen. You get a voter registration card in the mail and when you go to the polls, you can show either the card or some other form of government ID which is checked against a list at the polling place.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by OldmanDan View Post

                    Here in Missouri, we mark a ballot with a sharpie and it is run through a machine to read and record the vote. The paper ballots are saved in case a recount of the ballots is required. When you register to vote you do have to prove you are a citizen. You get a voter registration card in the mail and when you go to the polls, you can show either the card or some other form of government ID which is checked against a list at the polling place.
                    I thought you marked your ballot with a crayon. For the past few years I've voted by absentee ballot. In the past when I voted I would go to the polling place and give my name and address then I would sign the book and then they would check my signature against the register then they'ed let me at the machine. I guess in theroy someone could forge your signature but I doubt think there are many people who would go to the trouble to learn someone elses signature. More than that I have this crazy faith in people believing the vast majority of people are honest.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by redrover View Post

                      I thought you marked your ballot with a crayon. For the past few years I've voted by absentee ballot. In the past when I voted I would go to the polling place and give my name and address then I would sign the book and then they would check my signature against the register then they'ed let me at the machine. I guess in theroy someone could forge your signature but I doubt think there are many people who would go to the trouble to learn someone elses signature. More than that I have this crazy faith in people believing the vast majority of people are honest.
                      You wouldn't know a dishonest person if she bit you.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by OldmanDan View Post

                        You wouldn't know a dishonest person if she bit you.
                        That doesn't mean I buy into the pipe dreams of every charlatan who comes along claiming that he is going to make America great.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PeterUK75 View Post
                          This may be an odd question but why is the election on a Tuesday? You also have super Tuesday during the primaries so why?

                          Surely the weekend would be better as less people are at work and available to vote all day. What's so special about random Tuesdays?
                          The reason I heard was that Sunday was church day and in the olden days it could take a while to get to a polliong station so Monday was the travel day, Tuesday was voting day.

                          It had to be one day and that sounds reasonable for the times when the day was set.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RDK View Post

                            The reason I heard was that Sunday was church day and in the olden days it could take a while to get to a polliong station so Monday was the travel day, Tuesday was voting day.

                            It had to be one day and that sounds reasonable for the times when the day was set.
                            Just what I said above.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OldmanDan View Post

                              Just what I said above.
                              Finially something we agree on. lol

                              BTW I replied before I read the entire thread.

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