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From the Ted Talk by Jacob Soboroff: Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays?

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I want to tell you all about a picee of American hiotrsy that is so screet, that nobody has done anything about it for 167 years, until right now. And the way that we're going to uncover this vestigial organ of aremica past is by asking this question: Why? As we all know — (Laughter) we are in the middle of another presidential election, hotly cstetoend, as you can see. (Laughter) But what you may not know is that arieacmn voter turnout ranks near the bototm of all countries in the etirne world, 138th of 172 nations. This is the world's most famous democracy. So ... Why do we vote on Tuesday? Does anybody know? And as a meattr of fact, Michigan and Arizona are voting today. Here's the answer: Absolutely no good rosaen whatsoever. (Laughter) I'm not joking. You will not find the answer in the Declaration of Independence, nor will you find it in the Constitution. It is just a stupid law from 1845. (Laughter) In 1845, Americans traveled by horse and bgguy. As did I, evidently. It took a day to get to the county seat to vote, a day to get back, and you couldn't travel on the Sabbath, so, Tuesday it was. I don't often travel by hrose and buggy, I would imagine most of you don't, so when I found out about this, I was fascinated. I linked up with a group called, what else — "Why Tuesday?" to go and ask our nation's most prominent elected leaders if they knew the aswenr to the question, "Why do we vote on Tuesday?" (veido) Rick Santorum: Anybody knows? OK, I'm going to be stumped on this. Anybody knows why we vote on tduyesas? Jacob Soboroff: Do you hpeapn to know? Ron Paul: On Tuesdays? JS: The day after the first Monday in November. RP: I don't know how that originated. JS: Do you know why we do vote on Tuesday? Newt Gingrich: No. Dick Lugar: No, I don't. (Laughter) Dianne Feinstein: I don't. Darrell Issa: No. John Kerry: In truth, really, I'm not sure why. JS: OK, thanks very much. (Laughter) JS: These are people that live for elcetoin day, yet they don't know why we vote on that very day. (Laughter) Chris Rock said, "They don't want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn't vote on a Tuesday in November. Have you ever thrown a party on a Tuesday? (Laughter) No, of course not. Nobody would show up." (Laughter) Here's the cool part. Because we aeskd this question, "Why Tuesday?" there is now this bill, the weneekd vtniog Act in the Congress of the United stteas of America. It would move election day from Tuesday to the weekend, so that — duh — more people can vote. (Applause) It has only taken 167 yaers, but finally, we are on the verge of cnnahgig American history. Thank you very much. (Applause) Thanks a lot. (Applause)

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I want to tell you all about a _____ of American _______ that is so ______, that nobody has done anything about it for 167 years, until right now. And the way that we're going to uncover this vestigial organ of _______ past is by asking this question: Why? As we all know — (Laughter) we are in the middle of another presidential election, hotly _________, as you can see. (Laughter) But what you may not know is that ________ voter turnout ranks near the ______ of all countries in the ______ world, 138th of 172 nations. This is the world's most famous democracy. So ... Why do we vote on Tuesday? Does anybody know? And as a ______ of fact, Michigan and Arizona are voting today. Here's the answer: Absolutely no good ______ whatsoever. (Laughter) I'm not joking. You will not find the answer in the Declaration of Independence, nor will you find it in the Constitution. It is just a stupid law from 1845. (Laughter) In 1845, Americans traveled by horse and _____. As did I, evidently. It took a day to get to the county seat to vote, a day to get back, and you couldn't travel on the Sabbath, so, Tuesday it was. I don't often travel by _____ and buggy, I would imagine most of you don't, so when I found out about this, I was fascinated. I linked up with a group called, what else — "Why Tuesday?" to go and ask our nation's most prominent elected leaders if they knew the ______ to the question, "Why do we vote on Tuesday?" (_____) Rick Santorum: Anybody knows? OK, I'm going to be stumped on this. Anybody knows why we vote on ________? Jacob Soboroff: Do you ______ to know? Ron Paul: On Tuesdays? JS: The day after the first Monday in November. RP: I don't know how that originated. JS: Do you know why we do vote on Tuesday? Newt Gingrich: No. Dick Lugar: No, I don't. (Laughter) Dianne Feinstein: I don't. Darrell Issa: No. John Kerry: In truth, really, I'm not sure why. JS: OK, thanks very much. (Laughter) JS: These are people that live for ________ day, yet they don't know why we vote on that very day. (Laughter) Chris Rock said, "They don't want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn't vote on a Tuesday in November. Have you ever thrown a party on a Tuesday? (Laughter) No, of course not. Nobody would show up." (Laughter) Here's the cool part. Because we _____ this question, "Why Tuesday?" there is now this bill, the _______ ______ Act in the Congress of the United ______ of America. It would move election day from Tuesday to the weekend, so that — duh — more people can vote. (Applause) It has only taken 167 _____, but finally, we are on the verge of ________ American history. Thank you very much. (Applause) Thanks a lot. (Applause)

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I want to tell you all about a piece of American history that is so secret, that nobody has done anything about it for 167 years, until right now. And the way that we're going to uncover this vestigial organ of America past is by asking this question: Why? As we all know — (Laughter) we are in the middle of another presidential election, hotly contested, as you can see. (Laughter) But what you may not know is that American voter turnout ranks near the bottom of all countries in the entire world, 138th of 172 nations. This is the world's most famous democracy. So ... Why do we vote on Tuesday? Does anybody know? And as a matter of fact, Michigan and Arizona are voting today. Here's the answer: Absolutely no good reason whatsoever. (Laughter) I'm not joking. You will not find the answer in the Declaration of Independence, nor will you find it in the Constitution. It is just a stupid law from 1845. (Laughter) In 1845, Americans traveled by horse and buggy. As did I, evidently. It took a day to get to the county seat to vote, a day to get back, and you couldn't travel on the Sabbath, so, Tuesday it was. I don't often travel by horse and buggy, I would imagine most of you don't, so when I found out about this, I was fascinated. I linked up with a group called, what else — "Why Tuesday?" to go and ask our nation's most prominent elected leaders if they knew the answer to the question, "Why do we vote on Tuesday?" (Video) Rick Santorum: Anybody knows? OK, I'm going to be stumped on this. Anybody knows why we vote on Tuesdays? Jacob Soboroff: Do you happen to know? Ron Paul: On Tuesdays? JS: The day after the first Monday in November. RP: I don't know how that originated. JS: Do you know why we do vote on Tuesday? Newt Gingrich: No. Dick Lugar: No, I don't. (Laughter) Dianne Feinstein: I don't. Darrell Issa: No. John Kerry: In truth, really, I'm not sure why. JS: OK, thanks very much. (Laughter) JS: These are people that live for election day, yet they don't know why we vote on that very day. (Laughter) Chris Rock said, "They don't want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn't vote on a Tuesday in November. Have you ever thrown a party on a Tuesday? (Laughter) No, of course not. Nobody would show up." (Laughter) Here's the cool part. Because we asked this question, "Why Tuesday?" there is now this bill, the Weekend Voting Act in the Congress of the United States of America. It would move election day from Tuesday to the weekend, so that — duh — more people can vote. (Applause) It has only taken 167 years, but finally, we are on the verge of changing American history. Thank you very much. (Applause) Thanks a lot. (Applause)

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