Why the first Tuesday in November?
In 1845, the United States was largely an agrarian society. Farmers often needed a full day to travel by horse-drawn vehicles to the county seat to vote. Tuesday was established as election day because it did not interfere with the Biblical Sabbath or with market day, which was on Wednesday in many towns.
Election Day in the United States is the day set by law for the election of public officials. It occurs on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November. This year being November 2, 2010.
Did you know this year is a midterm election? So what does that mean? Well a Midterm elections refer to general elections in the United States that are held two years after the quadrennial (four-year) elections for the President of the United States (i.e. near the midpoint of the four-year presidential term). Federal offices that are up for election during the midterms are members of the United States Congress, including all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and the full terms for 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate.
In addition, 34 of the 50 U.S. states elect their governors to four-year terms during midterm elections, while Vermont and New Hampshire elect governors to two-year terms in both midterm and presidential elections. Thus, 36 governors are elected during midterm elections. Many states also elect officers to their state legislatures and county offices every two years, in both midterm and presidential election years.
Special elections are often held in conjunction with regular elections, so additional Senators and governors may be elected to partial terms.
So how do you decide who to vote for? I hate listening to the TV commercials, it is nothing but slamming the other candidate. This year I found a site that helps to determine who you should vote for by the issues for NYS Governor: http://voteup.democratandchronicle.com/votersguide
The Right to Vote: A long history for the Unites States to get where we are now! Anyone can vote if they are 18 years old or older, registered, and an US citizen. It is so important for people to vote.
Hey check out this video I found about voting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOU18z9d0dU
So this is my half-asses attempt to blog about voting, sorry but I am a procrastinator about this sometimes and I just got done with a 12 hour shift. I will be voting before work today!