MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Elections Held On Tuesday?

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MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Elections Held On Tuesday?

Hopefully you’ve already had  a chance to get to the polls an vote today. While you were waiting in line maybe this question popped into your head… why do we vote on Tuesdays?

Back when Congress was trying to come up with a national Election Day in 1845 their biggest challenge was to accommodate the big rural population of farmers. Obviously there were no cars back then so farmers needed a full day to travel by horse and buggy, then a day to vote in the capital polling place, and another day to return home. Taking out days of worship and Wednesdays, because that was their market day, Tuesday ended up being what they settled on. Specifically the Tuesday following the first Monday in November.  It’s been that way ever since.

So there you go. That’s why you casted your ballot on a Tuesday.


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