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Why Do We Vote on Tuesday

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Why are elections held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November?

When voting dates were first set out in the mid-1800s most travel was by horse and it took a long time to reach polling stations. Since it often required the better part of a day to travel to a place to vote and since most people were in church on Sundays, weekends would not work. Thus Monday was was assumed to be the best travel day that left Tuesday for voting.


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