Why do we vote on Tuesdays?
Why do we vote on Tuesdays? People across the United States will cast their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (AP Photo/David Dermer/Melinda Deslatte)
Why do we vote on Tuesdays?
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On Nov. 8, Americans will head to the voting booth. They will cast their ballots for the next president of the United States. As always, this time-honored tradition falls on a Tuesday. But why? It turns out the answer has a lot to do with buggies and farmers markets.
 
The Founding Fathers met at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, NPR explains. But at the end of the meeting, they still had not agreed on a number of questions about how to run an entire nation. One of those issues involved the timing of federal elections. As a quick fix, they decided to leave it to individual states to set their own voting days. This led to several decades of "electoral chaos," NPR writes. Random elections were held at all different times, all over the country.
 
In 1845, Congress decided to straighten things out. Monday was out, lawmakers reasoned. That's because people would have to travel to the polls in their buggies on Sunday. Voting on that day wouldn't sit well with church-goers. Wednesday wouldn't work, either. Mid-week usually meant market day for farmers. At the time, most citizens were farmers. Again, Thursday didn't fit the bill because of the buggy-traveling time allocation. It would cut into market day. And Friday? Well, NPR doesn't say. But who wants to deal with such a serious issue at the very end of the week?

So, Tuesday was the day. And that seemed to work great for 19th century voters.
 
"In the 1840s, elections were a big to-do. There was a lot of hoopla. There were parades," Ritchie says. "Whole families would come on wagons from the farms. People would get dressed up for the occasion."
 
The America of today looks different. Buggies and markets have long since given way to minivans and supermarkets, NPR concludes. But, Tuesday remains the day we vote.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/why-do-we-vote-tuesdays/

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COMMENTS (80)
  • kaitlynp-bur
    11/09/2016 - 11:03 a.m.

    Nowadays there aren't many farmers because a lot of people are entrepreneurs, and have there own business.And i think that the election should be held on a Friday because the article said "who would want to vote at the end of the week", i think if we voted on the weekends then we would be anxious and excited. (we also wouldn't have to go to school on Friday :)

  • jalaiyahd-bur
    11/09/2016 - 11:08 a.m.

    They should just put the Votes on Monday's so they can get it over with. But would not have to worry about it the rest of the Week.

  • brianac-bur
    11/09/2016 - 11:09 a.m.

    most Americans aren't farmers anymore because, now there is less land for people to farm and other people have other jobs now

  • giar-bur
    11/09/2016 - 11:09 a.m.

    Most Americans are not farmers now because we have factories and artificial food. Also, we have much better jobs now such as a bank teller, lawyer, or sports professional just to name a few.

  • kennethh1-bur
    11/09/2016 - 11:12 a.m.

    I like how they tell how farmers are affect for the government and how they take apart for U.S government.

  • angelax-bur
    11/09/2016 - 11:18 a.m.

    Most Americans aren't farmers now because nowadays people are moving to cities for jobs. Right now, people aren't living in the rural parts but going to the urban cities for a better life.

  • dyonnar-bur
    11/09/2016 - 02:05 p.m.

    I "think" that most Americans are not farmers now because in paragraph 3 it states that on Wednesdays is the middle of the week that is when farmers have market sales and I "think" that most Americans either don't want anything to do with it (because they are either lazy or just don't know how to farm at all) or they are just to busy (voting,working,shopping,etc...).

  • nadias-bur
    11/09/2016 - 02:13 p.m.

    this article Is very helpful I say this because it explains why we vote on a Tuesday I think that it is so good that when it is voting day we have no school because it is such important day.






















  • trinityc1-bur
    11/09/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    I think that people should vote on Fridays so that they don't have the anticipation in their body about if their choice was accurate or not

  • syriahab-bur
    11/09/2016 - 02:24 p.m.

    When factories came along,into our lives. There was not much for the farmers too produce food. Although, factories can't really grow or produce fruits. -So farmers are still around in some states. But with factories left to do most of the work, others can carry on with their lives, and not work day and night for food.

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