In the early days, the average voter would need a full day of travel just to submit their vote. Election Day was set in November so that it wouldn’t interfere with the harvest and there wouldn’t be to much snow to travel. Tuesday itself was chosen so that it wouldn’t get in the way of Market Day (typically on Wednesdays) or the Sabbath.
It was extremely inconvenient back then to cast your vote. We don’t live in that kind of world anymore. And yet, that is how we still treat Election Day. An inconvenience.
Maybe Election Day will always be seen as an inconvenience. So, we might as well celebrate it.
Happy Inconvenience Day.
The day where we go out and do something that is important, no matter how inconvenient it is. We use this as an opportunity to remember those who went out of their way before us to make their voice heard.
It certainly will make the long lines more meaningful.
Whether you vote or not, every election has consequences. If you haven’t voted before, today is as good as time as ever to start.
And the good news is, you probably don’t need more than an extended lunch break to get something meaningful done today.
Go, go, go.
[Only 55% of eligible voters voted for the 2016 Presidential election. Utah was ranked 39th in voter turnout that year.]