ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) – New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is continuing her push to change the day we vote. Earlier this year Slaughter introduced the Weekend Voting Act in an attempt to make the voting process more convenient.
“This is an issue we’re seeing nationwide,” Slaughter said. “We change it when it comes to the federal elections passing this bill. It is time to clear the way to the ballot box for all Americans eligible to vote.”
If enacted, Election Day would move to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November.
According to a report by NPR it is all for convenience.
“In order to understand the day chosen, you need to understand 19th century America. Most Americans were farmers, devoutly Christian and needed time to travel, because roads weren’t paved, and polling locations weren’t widespread like today.
Sundays were out because of church. People had to get to the county seat to vote, and automobiles weren’t an option — they weren’t a factor until the early 20th century. The Interstate Highway System wasn’t authorized until the mid-1950s.”
Read the full article here: https://www.npr.org/2016/11/01/500208500/why-do-we-vote-on-tuesdays