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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Why do Americans vote on Tuesday?

Every four years we vote on a Tuesday in November. My question earlier today was do you know why?

Here's the answer:

Way back in colonial times, by November the harvest was usually over. So the people went to church on Sunday, took Monday to travel to the polls and voted on Tuesday, returning home on Wednesday. Just goes to show how much we still follow traditions of our forefathers.

Hope you all voted today! As Americans and citizens of a nation ruled by democracy, you can make a difference!



Anonymous said...

Um, because it's not a good TV night? :-)

Or because July 4, 1776 was a Tuesday?

Christine Trent

Bearded Lady said...

So weird... my mom asked me the exact same question on election day and I didn't know the answer. My response was "because they were still hung over from the weekend." Wrong answer.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Thanks for the explanation, Eliza. I've always wondered why we vote the first Tuesday in November.

Delilah Marvelle said...

I *so* voted! And I never bloody knew that about why we vote on Tuesday!!! Yes, it would seem we do follow in the steps of our forefathers and then sadly, forget why we are doing so... Great post!

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