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Voting: Are Americans Doing It Wrong?

ARE AMERICANS DOING IT Voting R ONG? WHY TUESDAY MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR AMERICANS DISMAL VOTER TURNOUT RATES WHERE WE FALL IN THE WORLD 10 countries with higher voter turnout than the U.S.: 92% 86% 82.6% 80.8% 80.3% 138 73.8% 68.1% 61.5% 58.6% 48.1% 47.7% 172 The United States ranks 138th out of 172 countries in NEW ZEALAND UNITED KINGDOM MEXICO UNITED STATES voter turnout. ITALY CANADA GREECE ISRAEL COSTA RICA INDIA JAMAICA THE U.S. RANKS DEAD LAST IN VOTER TURNOUT WHEN COMPARED TO THE OTHER 7 COUNTRIES WITH THE WORLD'S MOST DEVELOPED ECONOMIES. WHY OUR VOTER PARTICIPATION STINKS OTHER WAYS TO DO IT BETTER WEEKEND VOTING Countries that vote on weekends see a greater turnout than the U.S. 5 of the G8 countries SATĪSUN with higher voter turnout than the U.S. vote on the 56.6% weekend. 80.2% GERMANY 67.3% RUSSIA 47.7% 68.7% UNITED STATES 82.1% JAPAN FRANCE THAILAND In every U.S. election since 1996, the #1 reason voters gave for not making it out to the polls was "too busy/couldn't get time off to vote." In 2010, 27 PERCENT (1945-2001 Average Voter Turnout) HOLIDAY VOTING 79% 52.5% Puerto Rico gives residents the day off to vote, and typically sees greater turnout than the national average. of voters gave this answer. PUERTO RICO UNITED STATES (1972-2000 Average Voter Turnout) ...... ... Vote On VOTE BY MAIL TUESDAY In Oregon, where all elections are held entirely by mail, voting rates were higher than the national average in 2008. 67.5% OREGON states weren't even in the Union yet when it was decided that Tuesday was the best day for voters to head to the polls (1845). 63.6% 24 NATIONAL AVERAGE (2008 Voter Turnout) =TAKE ACTION= SIGN THE PETITION TO SUPPORT WEEKEND VOTING TAKEPART.COM/TUESDAY SOURCES: CENSUS BUREAU, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY AND ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE, THE PHENOMENON OF PUERTO RICAN VOTING BY LUIS RAUL CAMARRA FUENTES WHY TUESDAY? Take ON_K Part TUESDAY FIXING OUR VOTING SYSTEM, ONE QUESTION AT A TIME INFOGRAPHIC DESIGN BY COLUMN FIVE

Voting: Are Americans Doing It Wrong?

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With very rare exceptions, most Americans head to the polls on Tuesdays. And for national elections, they're always held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. But guess what: Americ...

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