Election Day Fun Facts

What is the rule to determine the date of Election Day?

Why is Election Day the first Tuesday in November?

  • November was selected because the harvest work was done.
  • Tuesday was selected because many people had to travel the day before to reach the polling place. Since most people did not travel on Sunday for religious reasons, they did not want it to be on a Monday.
  • They did not want Election Day to fall on November 1st because it is All Saints Day.
  • They did not want Election Day to fall on the first of the month because many shop keepers did their books for the preceding month on the first.

When is the next Presidential Election Day?

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Who was the Presidential candidate with highest popular vote?

  • Ronald Reagan in 1984 with 54,455,075 votes

Which Presidential candidate ran the most number of times?

  • Norman Thomas (Socialist Party) ran six times (1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948)

Which Presidential candidate was elected, defeated, and then reelected?

  • Grover Cleveland was elected in 1884, defeated in 1888, and then reelected in 1892

When did women first have the right to vote?

  • In 1920, women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote

What did some people use as an excuse NOT to vote?

  • In a recent poll, more than 25% of the people who do not vote say they don’t have enough time in their day to vote. It’s an interesting sign of our times because voting is easier than it ever has been.  In fact, Idahoans can vote by mail ahead of Tuesday’s Election Day.




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