October 15, 2012 in News
(Source: TheBlaze) Moreover, do you know why we vote on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November? As a country, we’ve been doing this since 1845. You would be surprised to learn that many people (including elected officials and candidates) have no idea why we vote on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November.
According to a report from the Christian Science Monitor, before 1845 states were allowed to open polling stations in the 34 days before the Electoral College met on the first Wednesday in December. You won’t find anything in the Constitution about which day should be election day. So how did we end up with the first Tuesday after a Monday in November as our election day?
The answer may be due to farming and faith.
In the middle of the 19th Century, America was a country of farmers. That reality meant that maximizing productivity during each day of a growing season was vital to the family farm. November represented the first month when farmers might have time to travel to a city to cast their votes.
Travel times also played into the decision to make Tuesday the day for voting. If overnight travel was required to get to a polling place, Monday was out of the question as Sunday was a day of worship for most Americans. (makes the argument of “I can’t get to the polling booth because it’s too far” sound silly)
Strange fact: America ranks 138th of 172 nations for voter turnout. Even with early voting! (Maybe if we change the day we would get a better turnout)