Culture TED-Ed

Why do we vote on Tuesdays?

Just two Tuesdays from today, Americans will head to the polls and vote for their President. But why is Tuesday the anointed day? In this hilarious TED-Ed talk, Jacob Soboroff shares that Tuesday was made the official voting day in 1845 because, back then, voters traveled to the county seat by horse and buggy. They needed a day to get there and a day to get back and, since traveling on Sunday was a no-no, Tuesday became the day of choice.

In the modern era, however, Soboroff worries that voting on Tuesdays may have a negative effect on voter turnout. His nonprofit — called Why Tuesday? — is circulating a petition asking Congress to move voting day to a weekend, to allow more people to head to the polls without fear of missing work.