In my previous post, I wrote about voter turnout in national elections and referenced one of the reasons often cited by people who do not vote — inconvenience.

Even though most states offer 10-12 hours of opportunity to vote, many people still find it difficult to squeeze it into the “First Tuesday” cycle.

A copout? Perhaps.

But look at all the changes that have been made in the voting process throughout the country’s history — from voting “early” to extended absentee voting opportunities to experiments with online voting.

So, the questions become: Why not ditch the “First Tuesday” cycle and switch to weekend voting? And why must we vote on a Tuesday anyway?

Well, the law that created the Tuesday vote stands at more than 150 years old. I do not want to spoil the fun of watching a video about listed in the “Resources” below, but I’ll offer a hint: travel by horseback or horse-drawn wagon.

Those might come into play if gas prices continue to rise, but right now, not so much. The good news: A bill introduced in Congress if passed would change voting in national elections to the weekend.

The bad news: Bill-watchers give the legislation almost no chance of going anywhere, primarily because a Democrat introduced it into the Republican-controlled House.

As I wrote in an earlier post, much time and money goes into trying to get people to vote, most without much success.

Certainly trying the weekend voting idea could not hurt the turnout numbers.

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