Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saturday voting on the ballot in San Francisco

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Question of the day: Why are there work holidays for the 4th of July, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, (and in Boston, Evacuation Day!)......but not for Election Day?

Seems strange when you consider that Election Day is not only an important day in our national consciousness and democratic tradition but, more importantly, is a day when most of the workforce needs to get to a polling place during working hours.

San Francisco voters will attempt to solve part of this problem in November with the Saturday Voting Act Ordinance, which will appear on the November ballot.

If the measure (which collected 7,168 signatures from registered San Francisco voters) is approved, the November 2011 election will see San Francisco voters going to the polls on the Saturday before the first Tuesday of November to elect their next mayor. If the pilot program is proven effective, then the measure urges the mayor and Board of Supervisors to figure out how to implement and pay for Saturday voting for future elections. (Read more at the San Francisco Examiner).

Australia, New Zealand and several other countries also hold their elections on Saturdays. Much of Europe holds their general elections on Sundays.

To learn more, visit Why Tuesday?.


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