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Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted August 22, 2008 at 3:45 AM via web

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Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 22, 2008 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Americans vote on Tuesdays because it was the most convenient day at the time when America was still mostly an agricultural based economy.  Farmers had to work on Saturday, Sunday was a day of worship. 

In order to get to the voting location, it would take farmers, in horse and buggy, or on horseback,  about a day of travel, so Monday was no good, because they would not travel on Sunday.

Tuesday was picked by the process of elimination, as the most convenient day of the week, allowing both time for travel back and forth to the farm. 

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karenmingledorff | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2008 at 4:38 AM (Answer #2)

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The reason Americans vote on Tuesday takes us back to our agragrian, Puritan roots. Harvest time was in November.  Americans attended church on Sundays and Wednesday was market days. Therefore, having an election on Tuesdays allowed people to drive by horse and buggy from the country to the polling places and make it back before Market day.

 

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dbotsford | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2008 at 11:53 AM (Answer #3)

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In 1845, Congress established Election Day as "the Tuesday after the first Monday of November."    November was picked because the country was mostly agricultural-based at the time and harvest is over by November. Further, Tuesdays tended to be easier days to get voters to assemble to vote.

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atyourservice | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted August 13, 2014 at 12:43 AM (Answer #5)

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Because we were an agrarian society. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was.

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