Why Tuesday?

Editor’s note: This evening the National Constitution Center presents Primary Palooza!, a free event from 5 – 8pm to track the primary results and celebrate our freedom to vote. For more information call 215-409-6700.

Today is Primary Day in the National Constitution Center’s home state of Pennsylvania, as well as the states of Connecticut, Delaware, New York, and Rhode Island with a total of 231 delegates up for grabs. If you live in one of these states and plan to exercise your right to vote this Tuesday (and we sincerely hope you will) chances are you’ll be making special arrangements to avoid missing any work, school or other weekday obligations.

Since 1845, Americans have been voting on Tuesdays—but why? In this humorous TED Talk, Jacob Soboroff, Executive Director of Why Tuesday?, shares the history of Election Day and shows how voting on a Tuesday affects voter turnout.

Why Tuesday? is a 501c3 non-partisan organization founded in 2005 to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections. You can join Why Tuesday’s campaign to move Election Day from Tuesday—where it’s been for 167 years—to the weekend by signing their petition now.

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