Voting On Tuesday - How Is This Still A Thing?: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Tuesday voting is highly inconvenient, so why do we still do it?

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Laurentius Ivan
Good question
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Kurt Riker
Post office
ITPalGame
Sunday is not the Sabbath.
The Sabbath is the Sabbath, which has always been on our Romanesque/ Gregorian calendar, Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.

The Roman Catholic church does not have the authority to change times and laws.
Rusty Shackelford
Of note... Almost all the footage of those areas where voting has to happen on Tuesday showed an interesting trend.

The vast majority of people shown were of a racial minority. Seems quite clear that this voting system is primarily being used where racial minorities are most prevalent, clearly causing greater obstacles to racial minorities.
Rusty Shackelford
Making it a national holiday or moving it to a weekend is not as clear a solution as one might suspect. Retail workers, fast food, etc. rarely get a normal weekend as their weekend and almost never get holidays off beyond maybe Christmas and a third of Thanksgiving...

The true solution is to not have a damn voting day, but have some form of early voting or a whole damn voting week. And removing the idiocy of early reporting of people's votes.

While we're at it, can we switch to Single Transferable Voting? It's simple, in a vote, you vote for your 1st preference, 2nd, 3rd, etc. Then the votes get tallied and if a 1st preference winner is found, done. If not, they go to round 2, taking the 2nd preference votes from the candidate with the least votes and spread them out, then check again and repeat as needed.

A Laly
Anyone notice how practically all of the long line footage was mostly black people?
Manuel Alejandro
As a non-american, I wonder why all the footage of long lines shows a disproportionate amount of African-Americans?
Arrow Lover
How about Sunday???
Entro Py
Seriously... the US is just too stupid to vote:
- Voting on a workday for most people? In Germany it's on a sunday.
- Not counting out every single vote? In Germany every single vote counts towards financial aid for the parties
- Only having two parties that completely split the country in half? In Germany we have at least 4 parties in the parlament (though I admit it's becoming more and more like a two-big-party-thing here recently)
- Having a indirect election system is just wrong - look at how Trump won the election -_-
Highlyskeptical
Yet we get 4th of July off to look at the pretty lights.
DaaaahWhoosh
We should have voting on Saturday, so that no one can say the Jews run this country.
Mimi Talooza
All the people waiting in those lines, good for you. Thumbs up
Liam Johnston
This sort of video makes me angry because I think that something should be done and I don't like thumbing up this sort of thing. I would prefer more like reddit where I arrow it up.
Izzy Graze
There are 4 advanced polling days in Canada.
Gaia Ferraro
If there were such long queues in Italy nobody would vote. Or If it were on freaking Tuesdays anyway.
Emil Sørensen
No wonder half the country doesn't vote. In Denmark, the line to vote is usually 2-5 people when I come in after work on election day.
Ethan Tokko
Wait... Election day isn't a legal holiday in the US??
Jack Drees
Before HBO thinks about canceling this show, show this video to someone there. They will change their mind immediately.
Shiny Sylveon
So...why not just move President's day to Election day? Wouldn't more people have the day off as it's a national holiday?
Matthew Sexton
Short answer: Because even the slightest change to US policy involves decades of red tape.
AtsilaH
This is a country where minimum wage employees have to drag their tails into work on Thanksgiving day so that, in a few hours later, the masses can stampede their way into the store to tear shit up. Making election day a national holiday isn't going to change much for those who already have a hard time taking off work to vote.
Yemi B
Why is voter turnout higher in territories? The people there don't even have proper voting rights. Their ballots don't count!
Molly Paananen
😁
Dr. Zippy Mcscoots
Its also the same day new blurays are released. Choices. We could also extend the fuckin voting time 2 weeks. Should give everyone plenty of time. but we all know that wont happen.
Jeremy Solomon
HAHAHA TRUMP WON!!
Snigdha Bharadwaj
So in America, election days are not national holidays!!!! Are you kidding me?!!?!?!?!!? Plus the stupidly long and complicated system of election and the electoral colleges?!?!?!?!?!?!??! Guys what's the point of you being the oldest democracy in the world of you can't even do elections right!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fifth Hour
Australia votes on Saturday
Revert Revertz
A voter ID system would improve the time lines, but that's racist so keep making ridiculous amounts of lines
Komninos Maraslidis
those lines were disgusting. Nice democracy USA...
Ulfrekr Fjolvarson
I would think something else they could do is federally mandate the polling stations stay open over a weekend because that would give people plenty of time to vote and also make it harder to suppress the vote.
SCREAMING PIEGONS
DA PICKLE MAN
Aurora Wolfe
I voted on election day a couple months ago (November 8, 2016). You know how long I waited? Literally like 2 minutes
Connor Murphy
'Oh that's right motherfuckers, that thing's still on.' The way he said it was so funny.
MrFlipperInvader782
2:40 so dont fucking vote
Geon Void
no show anymore ?
EXUPERYSROSE
Dear John
My name is Joana and I am your biggest fan in the universe. I say this with confidence because by definition, I am enthusiastically devoted to you. Now I don’t own a television, I am against television all together but thankfully you’re on youtube and between one ted talk and a make up tutorial I don’t know exactly how, I came to your videos and felt in love. I say this with the utmost respect for your beautiful wife, I am sure you chose the right girl for you, and, because you are married, I have no aspirations of a romantic experience with you.I admire you as an idol, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. Thank you John for being who you are. The smartest, funniest, most insightful and proper person that I ever experienced, but also because you worked hard to become such a star. To spread your brilliant ideas across and through your talent make the world a better place. I feel hopeful of a better world because of the multitude of people who appreciate your show. I feel proud that a white supremacist shithead mentions you in his hate speech, as an opponent force. Did you ever think you would be such a powerful force?
I never had an idol before. I mean, I loved Whitney Houston when I was 16 and tried to sing like her but that did not work well at all. But the moment I watched your first show I could not help but watch every single one of them over the a few months. Then I researched about you, and you know, I am 32 years old and I feel the impulse to collect pictures of you. Maybe not. But I am just so happy that a guy with your wonderful ideas, wonderful vision of the world, is empowered to broadcast yourself and inspire others to do the right things, to make sense of this crazy world, and do this with a sharp sense of humor.
You are wonderful John Oliver, wonderful. I feel ridiculous to say this because I am not 15 years old and as a grown woman have a demanding job and many responsibilities, but deep inside I cultivate the dream of, someday, meet you in person and say to you, how inspired I am by you.
As I am sure it will never happen, though I will keep the more realistic expectation that this letter reaches you. And if it does and you need to keep just one single word from it, make it three: THANK YOU JOHN! Joana
J. St
way not voting over the mail like swiss do? put the anonym envelope in the mail box done. I don't know way such a huge country still uses such an old system to vote.
Jerk Store
Why have raging sociopaths decided on a specific day for everyone to vote for candidates who best serve their interests? Why do you think??? "Even the media doesn't know"... urgh... god... this is why this show is still on the air. If this show crossed certain lines and really got to the bottom of things it probably wouldn't be on the air anymore. That's why you have to rely on alternative media and documentaries.
domydishes
its not like sjws have a job anyway
ibeleaf
without farmers going to church you wont have your gay ass kale shakes
ibeleaf
suck it up you pussy
Mimi Zilliacus
In Australia election day is on a Saturday, postal votes are allowed for everyone, we even having polling stations set up at all Australian Embassies and High Commissions - AND most importantly we get a sausage sizzle, voting is not complete without the election day sausage sizzle
Jens Raab
Why is it that Americans think that the US is "the greatest country in the world" when there's so much crazy stuff going on?
I'm from Germany where certainly not everything is perfect but then I don't claim that it is the greatest country ever. Yet, over here and in many other European countries there are a lot of things that are handled much better than in the US.
WEREWOLF457
Americas Funniest Home videos-How is this still a thing 😂
DebbyAbqNM
I voted on October 18. I'm sure plenty of states have plenty of different ways that people can vote. Now who is allowed to vote (regardless of the Constitution) and how votes are counted, that's another matter entirely.
Zografia Lepoura
Wow, so many lines.... In Greece we vote on sundays and we vote in schools depending on our district -then the voting rooms are divided based on alphabetical order. The most I have had to wait was 3 people ahead of me. I would never go to vote if there were such huge lines!!Explains why many americans dont vote, I cant blame them...
DigitalMan34
so this shit is why Donald Trump win the fucking elections 50% of the people didn't vote and the other 50% was divided means that the 26% of the country elected this person
skooter Martin
Testes
Laurie Harris
What a joke USA, make it REALLY hard for the lower income to vote... that's how ya got the donald in... live with the consequences... oh ya too bad for me I'm your loving neighbour and I gotta live with those consequences too... :(
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