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Why does the US always vote on a Tuesday in November?

This year, voters were encouraged to participate early to avoid contagion by Covid-19

In the 19th century, the Americans’ agenda was full, so it was difficult to define the best day to choose the new president. The law that defines Tuesday as the day of voting in the USA, signed in 1845, was made to fit the routine of the time.

In an almost agricultural country, it was necessary to travel great distances, by wagon or horse, to vote at the county seat, on trips that took hours or days. To arrive on Monday, it would be necessary to leave on Sunday, something unthinkable, as it was a sacred day, reserved for resting and going to church.

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