1. US Presidential elections: Here’s why the Election Day is always on a Tuesday in November

US Presidential elections: Here’s why the Election Day is always on a Tuesday in November

Though the first 15 Presidents chose their own days for the voting event but the Congress on 1845 decided to set one day for everyone to avoid early states influencing later voters.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 8, 2016 8:51 AM
The US general elections always take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.  (Reuters) The US general elections always take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. (Reuters)

With the US Presidential election all set to be held today (November 8), and its two nominees, Republican candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton locking horns as the race reaches the final day, many might wonder why the United States always vote on a Tuesday of November.

The US general elections always take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. Though the first 15 Presidents chose their own days for the voting event but the Congress on 1845 decided to set one day for everyone to avoid early states influencing later voters.

But why the ‘first Tuesday after the first Monday of November’?

Tuesday: Back in those days, when the Congress took the decision of picking up one election day for all, the roadsin America were in poor condition or sometimes non-existent. So many voters would have to travel a day to reach the polling place. Sunday, being the Christian Sabbath, the Congress avoided forcing people to travel on the day. So, Tuesday was decided to be set as the general day for polling in the States, so that voters can travel on Monday and reach the polling station by Tuesday.

November: Most Americans were farmers at that time and the harvest was over by November. Also, the extreme winter weather was still ahead, making November the perfect month set for the general elections.

Although with more developed roads and less number of farmers in America, most americans propose the election day to be changed to Saturday, but United States still continue following the old rule.

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