June 11, 2008

Martin's Right, Let's Move Elections to Saturdays

Obviously those who want low turnout won't like it, but we really should vote on a Saturday.

Well, we should probably vote by mail, or have the ability to vote over several days, but if there has to be an "election day", it shouldn't be during what for most is the work week.

Posted by armand at June 11, 2008 10:17 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Politics


Well, for those who observe the sabbath on Saturday, it would seem necessary at least to hold a second day of elections, or, as you say, to provide a postal option of some kind. Still, though, there's no excuse for Tuesday voting -- or rather, Tuesday voting that lacks a serious government mandate that no one can be penalized at work for voting however long it takes -- that isn't un-democratic. A fact that most other democracies have figured out by now.

Posted by: moon at June 11, 2008 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I know that's a problem, but I assume a mechanism could be found around that. Saturdays just seem like the day when the smallest number would be inconvenienced. Obviously no day will work for everyone - a basic reason why I think vote by mail is better.

Posted by: Armand at June 11, 2008 01:25 PM | PERMALINK

Vote by mail would be a nightmare. How can you account for all those ballots? I know I wouldn't trust it either. Isn't the US one of the only advanced industrialized democracies that doesn't vote on the weekend?

Posted by: kikimonster at June 11, 2008 01:40 PM | PERMALINK

yeah, but it's soooo much harder to intimidate disadvantaged voters if you don't make them come to the polls in the first place. :-)

Posted by: moon at June 11, 2008 01:41 PM | PERMALINK

Kikimonster, Oregon - and I think much of Washington - vote by mail already. Counting ballots might take a little longer, but I'd give that up for ensuring that more people have the opportunity to vote.

Posted by: Armand at June 11, 2008 04:33 PM | PERMALINK

Why not a week, or something. WV does "early voting" for a couple of weeks. Why not just make it a week for everyone?

Posted by: binky at June 11, 2008 06:31 PM | PERMALINK

Well that would be an improvement as well - though the vote by mail option might still be better depending on the hours and locations involved, plus, importanyly, for those who are housebound.

Posted by: Armand at June 12, 2008 08:41 AM | PERMALINK

Voting for a week, or even a few days, will never sell as long as the media are calling the shots.

Posted by: moon at June 12, 2008 09:23 AM | PERMALINK

Why would they care? A lot of places already do that, and the media would still focus their coverage on the end of the last day of voting.

Posted by: Armand at June 12, 2008 10:26 AM | PERMALINK
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