Why is election day on a Tuesday in November? (fun trivia)

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Original Post

Why do we vote on a Tuesday... in November?

The short answer: We used to be a nation of farmers.

The long answer: Congress chose November because the harvest was over and the weather wouldn't be bad enough to prevent people from traveling.

As for Tuesday, people used to have to travel overnight to their polling location. (In 1845, horse was the preferred method of transport.) In an effort to avoid religious days of rest, Congress chose Tuesday, leaving Monday and Wednesday as travel days. Tuesday was voting (and horse-resting) day.

news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl126#full

Posted at 10:13am Nov 4, 2008 EST

Responses

Aaaaaaand since we're no longer farmers, it needs to change to Saturday :)

Posted at 10:14am Nov 4, 2008 EST

Fascinating!

Posted at 10:16am Nov 4, 2008 EST

MsFabric says

Thanks for sharing that tidbit of info. I've never really though about it, just one of those things that just is.

Posted at 10:17am Nov 4, 2008 EST

ya learn something new every day! Thanks!

Posted at 10:18am Nov 4, 2008 EST

We really should have the day off.

Posted at 10:18am Nov 4, 2008 EST

Thanks for posting the trivia, though! It is really interesting.

Posted at 10:18am Nov 4, 2008 EST

Great factoid! Makes perfect sense!

Posted at 10:19am Nov 4, 2008 EST

Emmakat says

Very interesting, I agree with button though. That or make it a national holiday.

Posted at 10:19am Nov 4, 2008 EST

Baggavond says

so....when did the Absentee Ballot come into play??

new trivia question to stump ya'!! lol

Posted at 10:20am Nov 4, 2008 EST