Posted by Kendall
A few months ago I wrote a blog piece about why we should vote on the weekends. I was very concerned about our current voting system, because it discriminates against those who work long hours and can’t take time off of work to go vote. Having election days on Tuesdays skews the electorate so that working class people become disenfranchised and don’t get equal representation for their views and ideas.
As an update, I would like to tell people about the Weekend Voting Act introduced in the House by Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY) and John Larson (D-CT) last month. The Weekend Voting Act is a bill that both parties can feel comfortable supporting. Voting on Tuesdays is a discriminatory practice that depresses turnout and makes our system less democratic. If both parties were to rally around this issue and fix it together, they could prove to the American people that Congress can do something (and maybe raise their approval ratings while they’re at it).
Right now the Weekend Voting Act is being reviewed in committee. If you support the cause, call Chairman Lungren or any of the other members and tell them that you want to see it reach the House floor and go to a vote. This is an important issue that has a simple fix. If we vote on the weekends, turnout will go up, discrimination will go down and we will have an all around more democratic system.