Why do all Americans vote

Why do Americans always vote on Tuesdays?

Since 1845, election day in the United States has been legally set to be the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Thus, the earliest election date is November 2nd and the latest November 8th.

But why does the election always take place at the beginning of November, of all places? As is so often the case, the reasons for this lie in the history of the country. The date was supposed to accommodate the electorate, as the majority of Americans were still living from agriculture in the 19th century.

And since most of the work was to be done in the fields in the spring and summer months, it was decided to hold the presidential election in the less busy late autumn. At this point, most of the harvest had already come in, but the weather was still mild enough for the trip to the next polling station.

Tuesday is the best time of day

But why Tuesday? Sunday was out of the question because of the service, Monday fell flat because the distance to the nearest polling station was sometimes great and the journey took a correspondingly long time. Saturday was market day, for which Friday was again used as a preparation day.

So Tuesday was the best time for most people. In contrast to today, when the choice on a weekday is unfavorable for many working people. If you cannot vote by letter or, as is possible in some countries, earlier, you need good time management in order to cast your vote.

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