Daily Archives: November 16, 2007

listed as a top election technology blog

This morning I noticed Election Technology’s list of top election technology blogs.

I’m surprised and flattered to see that I snuck into the list as #10:

All About Voting: Rounding out the list is blog by Sacramento software developer Greg Wolfe. Largely his personal commentary about voting issues, it’s interesting to get an additional perspective on issues and we’d like to see this blog continue and grow.

I’ve been following about half of the blogs mentioned in that post; I’ll be sure to check out some of the other ones. I’m surprised that I made the list at all given that I’m not primarily focused on election technology and that I am not directly involved in election administration or in the development of election systems.

National Journal: What’s So Special About Tuesday?

The National Journal has posted an article about WhyTuesday?:

any election watchers know that national elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, but why that day in particular?

A nonprofit election reform group called Why Tuesday has been asking just that question of presidential candidates through a series of Web videos released every Tuesday on their Web site. By simply asking the question of why Election Day is when it is, the group is getting people to talk about different possibilities, such as Election Day being a national holiday or general elections being held on a weekend.

An integral part of the group’s strategy for this election has been engaging candidates about election reform through their “candidate challenge.” Executive Director Jacob Soboroff has been traveling to Iowa and beyond to ask candidates about their plans for reform, and has found that most are interested in the issue, although many don’t know — along with most of America — that the reason we vote midweek in November is because of the 19th-century agrarian calendar, which begs the question of whether it’s time to update our election timetable.