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What is Election Day?
Election Day (when capitalized this way) is the name used in the U.S. for the day on which national elections are held.
The lowercase election day is used as a general term for any day that an election is held.
In the U.S., national elections involve the election of the president (on years divisible by four) and members of the House of Representatives and Senate (on even years).
However, Election Day also usually involves state and local elections. Voters typically vote on national, state, and local elections using the same ballot. Voting on Election Day has traditionally been done in person at polling places, but many places also allow early and mail voting.
Election Day is a holiday in some states, and some voting advocates have called for Election Day to become a national holiday to make it easier for everyone to vote.
When is Election Day?
In the U.S., Election Day (for national elections) is held on the Tuesday immediately after the first Monday in November. It’s not necessarily the first Tuesday in November—if November started on a Tuesday, for example, Election Day would fall on the second Tuesday.
In 2022, Election Day falls on November 8. In 2023, it falls on November 7.
More information and context on Election Day
In the U.S., the tradition of holding Election Day on a Tuesday in November dates back to 1845, when it was codified by law. The day is thought to have been chosen to accommodate farmers, particularly by avoiding the harvest season, market days, winter weather, and the necessity of traveling to vote during the weekend (since many observed Sunday as a day of worship and rest).
Today, many people often point out that holding election day during a weekday is often prohibitive for those who have to work, especially those who cannot afford to miss work. Voting advocates often cite statistics showing that this disproportionately affects people of color. Some have proposed making Election Day a federal holiday to make it easier for people to vote and to increase voter turnout. In addition, many voting advocates support early voting opportunities and voting by mail, which would allow people to vote without needing to go to a polling place on Election Day.
What are some terms that often get used in discussing Election Day?
How is Election Day discussed in real life?
In the U.S., the capitalized term Election Day refers to the day that national elections are held—it’s always a Tuesday in November. The lowercase term election day can refer to any day on which an election is held.
Iowa Republicans passed a bill that would both shorten the state's early voting period and shave an hour off of Election Day voting. GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds just signed it into law, @sgrubermiller reports https://t.co/YcJeFA74gt
— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) March 8, 2021
Breaking: House passes #HR1 220-210, most important democracy reform bill since Voting Rights Act. Includes big pro-voter policies like automatic & Election Day registration, 2 weeks early voting, no excuse absentee voting, independent redistricting & public financing elections
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) March 4, 2021
Absolutely, and Election Day should be a National Day off. 😊 https://t.co/qfHCSyXNeI
— lucy 🇺🇸 🆘😊💙 (@LucyK123lucy) March 3, 2021
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Elections on Election Day can involve both national, state, and local offices.
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Only 28 percent of people reported voting on Election Day — less than half of the 60 percent who did so in 2016.
In a poll before Election Day, 75% of Americans voiced concern about violence.The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election|Molly Ball|February 4, 2021|Time
This scaremongering has proved wildly successful in turning out the base on Election Day.Battle over $1.9 trillion covid relief package is as much about political optics as economic necessity|Steven Pearlstein|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
Workers were supposed to be paid $100 per shift during the early voting period and $250 for volunteering on Election Day, distributed in two separate checks.Hundreds of D.C. poll workers affected by payment delays are starting to receive their checks|Michael Brice-Saddler|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
States like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin could not begin to process ballots until Election Day, which delayed the final tally.
Bush busy engaging constituents on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate ahead of the 2004 presidential election.
He added: “People say he deserves his day in court… Do we have enough time?”Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For many years afterward it was a never-ending topic of conversation, and is more or less talked of even to this day.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Just 47 percent of Asian-Americans voted in the 2012 presidential election.
“We talked about the science the whole time the other day,” Krauss told The Daily Beast in a phone interview.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The afternoon was a lovely one—the day was a perfect example of the mellowest mood of autumn.Confidence|Henry James
Edna did not reveal so much as all this to Madame Ratignolle that summer day when they sat with faces turned to the sea.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
The proceedings of the day commenced with divine service, performed by Unitarian and Baptist ministers.