Farmers are reason elections are on Tuesday
November 8, 2016
The reason the United States has elections on a Tuesday in November is that in the 19th century, Congress decided it was the most convenient day for farmers to vote, according to an "Election 101" segment produced by the History Channel and ABC News.
"Since people often traveled at least a day to vote, lawmakers needed to allow a two-day window for Election Day. Weekends were impractical, since most people spent Sundays in church, and Wednesday was market day for farmers," the segment reports.
Farm culture also explains the November date, since it avoids the planting, growing and harvest times as well as the winter months which would be bad for travel.
–The Hagstrom Report