All About the Holidays: Election Day

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(male narrator) The first Tuesday after November 1 is Election Day. But why a Tuesday in November? Early America had more farmland than cities. Voting took place in November because the harvest was complete and the weather safe for travel. Tuesday would allow farmers all of Monday to travel to voting locations. On Election Days today, Americans 18 years old or older get to vote for the leaders of their town, state, and country. Citizens can vote at a polling station or by mail. Some states guarantee employees time off work to go vote, and some schools are closed also. Voting is a powerful right and important responsibility that American citizens have. By voting on Election Day, Americans choose who represents them in government. Not everyone agrees on whom they should elect, but if they don't vote, the government won't hear their opinion. Voting is an important part of being an engaged citizen. Does your school have a student government? Would you ever want to run for office?


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The first Tuesday after November 1 is Election Day, allowing American citizens to elect their civic leaders. Americans over 18 years old can vote for their local, state, and national leaders. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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