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  • I want to tell you all about a piece of American history that is so secret that nobody has done anything about it for 167 years until right now.

  • And the way that we're going to uncover this vestigial organ of America past

  • is by asking this question: Why?

  • As we all know ...

  • (Laughter)

  • we're in the middle of yet another presidential election, hotly contested, as you can see.

  • But what you may not know is that American voter turnout ranks near the bottom of all countries in the entire world, 138th of 172 nations.

  • This is the world's most famous democracy.

  • So!

  • Why do we vote on Tuesday?

  • Does anybody know?

  • And as a matter of fact, Michigan and Arizona are voting today.

  • Here's the answer:

  • Absolutely no good reason whatsoever.

  • I'm not joking.

  • You will not find the answer in the Declaration of Independence, nor will you find it in the Constitution.

  • It is just a stupid law from 1845.

  • (Laughter)

  • In 1845, Americans traveled by horse and buggy.

  • As did I, evidently.

  • It took a day or longer to get to the county seat to vote, a day to get back, and you couldn't travel on the sabbath.

  • So, Tuesday it was.

  • I do not often travel by horse and buggy, I would imagine most of you don't either, so when I found out about this, I was fascinated.

  • I linked up with a group called -- what else? -- "Why Tuesday?" to go and ask some of our nation's most prominent elected leaders if they knew the answer to the question, "Why do we vote on Tuesday?"

  • (Video) Rick Santorum: Anybody know?

  • OK, I'm going to be stumped on this. Anybody know why we vote on Tuesdays?

  • Do you happen to know?

  • On Tuesdays?

  • The day after the first Monday in November.

  • I don't know how that originated.

  • Do you happen to know why we do vote on Tuesday?

  • No.

  • No, I don't.

  • No.

  • No.

  • In truth really, I'm not sure why.

  • Okay thanks very much!

  • These are people that live for election day, yet they don't know why we vote on that very day.

  • Chris Rock said:

  • "They don't want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn't vote on a Tuesday in November.

  • "Have you ever thrown a party on a Tuesday? No, of course not. Nobody would show up."

  • (Laughter)

  • Here's the cool part.

  • Because we asked this question, "Why Tuesday?" there is now this bill, the Weekend Voting Act, in the Congress of the United States of America.

  • It would move election day from Tuesday to the weekend ...

  • So that -- duh -- more people can vote.

  • (Applause)

  • It has only taken 167 years, but finally we are on the verge of changing American history.

  • Thank you very much.

  • (Applause)

  • Thanks a lot.

I want to tell you all about a piece of American history that is so secret that nobody has done anything about it for 167 years until right now.

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【TED-Ed】Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays? - Jacob Soboroff

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