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 and cast their ballots for the next president of the United States. As always, this time-honored tradition falls on a Tuesday, but why? The answer, it turns out, 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 resolved 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, which led to several decades of "electoral chaos," NPR writes, with random elections held at all different times, all over the country.
 
In 1845, Congress decided to straighten things out. Monday was out, lawmakers reasoned, since people would have to travel to the polls in their buggies on Sunday, which wouldn't sit well with church-goers. Wednesday wouldn't work, either, since mid-week usually meant market day for farmers, and most citizens at the time were farmers. Again, Thursday didn't fit the bill because of the buggy-traveling time allocation (which 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."
 
Though the America of buggies and markets has long since given way to minivans and supermarkets, NPR concludes, Tuesday remains the day we vote.

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

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Why aren't most Americans farmers now?
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COMMENTS (67)
  • anibelm-pel
    11/02/2016 - 09:12 a.m.

    They don't really need to grow crops or work as much as they use to because of all the technology they have now.

  • dylanb-pel
    11/02/2016 - 09:13 a.m.

    Because most of the states now of days are industrial instead agricultural and all the new technology we have we don't need as many farmers as we did then.

  • jesses-pel
    11/02/2016 - 09:26 a.m.

    Most Americans are not farmers now because there are less farming jobs

  • piersonw-cel
    11/02/2016 - 10:50 a.m.

    The reason we vote on Tuesdays dates back to the 19th century. In 1845, Congress decided that Tuesday was really the best available day for all citizens to go vote. Considering factors such as church and market day for farmers.

  • colez-man
    11/03/2016 - 11:08 a.m.

    Wow I didn't know that how neat is that!

  • carriem-man
    11/03/2016 - 11:10 a.m.

    How neat is this. The more you know the better.

  • melodieg-man
    11/03/2016 - 11:14 a.m.

    It's kinda weird but funny to think that the reason we vote on Tuesday is so there isn't any confusion on what day you vote. I didn't even know that we only voted on Tuesday to be honest.

  • rileyw4-man
    11/03/2016 - 02:58 p.m.

    It probably was a good idea to do the elections on all the same day because if you didn't it would take forever to elect one person.

  • saniyahb-bra
    11/04/2016 - 08:29 p.m.

    Most Americans are not farmers now because of the way the vote happened in the 1700's. On Monday it would not work because people would have to travel to the polls in their buggies Sunday which would not sit well with church-goers. Wednesday would not work either since mid-week usually meant market day for farmers, and most citizens at the time were farmers.SO Tuesday was the only day that was the only day that worked, also why most farmers are not farmers todays

  • michaelk3-bri
    11/07/2016 - 09:53 a.m.

    Beacause not each family needs to grow their own food. It used to be a hassle to be able to even eat, having to grow food and hope that nothing gets into it, like bugs or etc. Now there are major food producers who can make heaping amounts of food.

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