Why Tuesday? is a 501(c)3 non-partisan organization founded in 2005 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At the urging of Ambassador Andrew Young, Senator Bill Bradley and Congressman Jack Kemp joined together to ask a simple question: why do we vote on Tuesday? By asking a question that few knew the answer to and most, even our nation’s leaders, had never even thought of, Why Tuesday? set out to raise awareness about America’s low voter turnout and the broken state of our voting system.
For the past 14 years, Why Tuesday? has provided a platform for national dialogue about the current voting system, problems with our current voting system, and solutions that can directly improve the voting process, increase registration and drive turnout. Why Tuesday? kicked off the 2012 campaign with a forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Why Tuesday? hosted the Voting In America Summit with The Hill and the #LetsFixIt get out the vote concert with The Roots at Webster Hall in New York City.
The Why Tuesday? documentary video blog brought the question “why do we vote on Tuesday?” to some of the United States’ most powerful elected leaders, has been seen millions of times across online and traditional media channels, including national and international news outlets, and is the subject of a TED Talk seen over 800,000 times and played for countless students across the country. Why Tuesday? was the recipient of the Film Your Issue Award as well as the only non-mainstream news outlet nominated for the 2008 Webby Award for Best Political Blog.
Why Tuesday? has inspired the introduction of the Weekend Voting Act in Congress. It has also prompted the passage of the Saturday Voting Act in San Francisco, and a study by the U.S. GAO about the feasibility of implementing Weekend Voting in the United States.