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Scheduling around the harvest

This Tuesday, many vot-
ers will skip class or a job to
cast their votes. The Obama
campaign has even encour-
aged ditching work or school in
recent weeks to help with last-
minute campaigning. Innumer-
able campaign volunteers are
working to "get out the vote" on
Election Day. But why are elec-
tions held on Tuesdays in the
middle of the work week?
According to Kate Kelly,
author of "Election Day: An
American Holiday, an American
History," the reason lies in the
country's agrarian roots.
"It's timed based on the fact
that we were a country of farm-
ers," Kelly said in an interview,
explaining that November is
an off-season for farming. "In
colonial days, the Electoral Col-
lege met the first Wednesday in

December. States could choose a
date to vote up to 34 days before
then."
Tuesday wasn't made the
standard until 1845, when
Congress looked for a single,
national presidential election
day. But the concerns of that
time were different from those
of today.
"In those days, it was diffi-
cult to travel. Sunday was the
Sabbath, so you had to be home,
and Monday was a travel day.
So Tuesday was the best day to
vote," Kelly said.
According to whytuesday.
org, an organization for voting
reform, Wednesday was not a
viable option because it was
a market day. Election Day is
scheduled for the "first Tuesday
after the first Monday" to avoid
Nov. 1, the Catholic holiday of

All Saints' Day, and to allow
merchants to do their books
from the preceding month on
the first of the month.
In recent years, some have
questioned the tradition. With
modern schedules, it can be dif-
ficult to miss work, leading vot-
ers to use other means to ensure
their vote is counted.
"People kind of wonder
whether we'll ever have a feder-
al holiday. I think the new trend
will be early voting," Kelly said.
"They expect a third of all vot-
ers this year to vote early. It's
good because the machines are
complicated; the lines are long.
It gets around the problem of
having to vote on a workday."
Thirty states offer early vot-
ing this year, though Michigan
is not one of them. .
STEPHANIE BERLIANT

SAM WOLSON/ Daily
Spoken word poet Paul Flores and rapper Julio Cardenas
perform in iREPRESENTA!, a bilingual play intended as a
social commentary on immigration, U.S. foreign policy and
pan-Latino identity.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Diapers, juicer day. Police have no suspects. All Hallow's Diwali event
Four men have just com-
stolen at M ott Buses collide on Eve festivities WHAT: A performance to 1 pleteda 24-year-long pub
celebrate the Indian holiday crawl through the United
WHERE: Mott Children's and Church street WHAT: An observance of of Diwali. Tickets are $9 at Kingdom, The Sun reported.
Women's Hospital the ancient holiday. A proces- the Michigan Union Ticket Since 1984, the men have vis-
WHEN: Wednesday at about WHERE: Church Street sion will conclude at Forest Office. ited 14,000 bars and imbibed
8:3: a8 m WHEN: Wednesday at about Hill Cemetery with music WHO: Indian Students Asso- 84,000 pints of ale.

WHAT: Two packs of diapers,
a reference manual and a juicer
were taken from Mott Chil-
dren's and Women's Hospital,
University Police reported. The
property had been left unat-
tended. Police have no suspects.

9:30 p.m.
WHAT: Two University buses
were involved in a fender bend-
er on Church Street, University
Police reported. Both buses had
minor damage, but no one was
injured and no medical atten-
tion was required.

Paintings swiped Ex -girlfriend

and readings of "The Witch
of Endor" and "The Valley of
the Dry Bones."
WHO: Canterbury House,
Episcopal Student Founda-
tion
WHEN: Tonight at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Canterbury House,
712 E. Huron Street
Screening of
'The Shining'
WHAT: A viewing of the
classic horror film
WHO: M-Flicks
WHEN: Tonight from 8to
10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium, Nat-
ural ScienceBuilding'

ciation
WHEN: Tonight from 6:30
to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Great Lakes Room,
Palmer Commons
God discussion
WHAT: A forum titled, "Is
God a Democrat or Repub-
lican?"
WHO: Asian InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Forum Hall, Palm-'
er Commons
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WHERE: Medical Inn, 1501
Catherine Street
WHEN: Wednesday at about
11 a.m.
WHAT: Two pictures were
stolen from the wall of the
Medical Inn Building, Univer-
sity Police reported. The theft
happened between 5 p.m. on
Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednes-

steals book
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Thursday at about
12:15 a.m.
WHAT: A man reported that
his ex-girlfriend used a spare
key to enter his car and steal a
textbook and folders, Univer-
sity Police reported.

The Michigan hockey
team has split the last,
four series with rival
Ohio State. The two teams
match up this Friday and
Saturday.
aFOR MORE, SEE SPORTS PAGE 9
Last night marked the
70th anniversary of H.G.
Wells's infamous "War of
the Worlds" radio broadcast,
which terrified millions who
believed the report of an alien
invasion in New Jersey was
really-happening.

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