VOTING DAY around the World
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids|September 2020
When it comes to elections in the United States, it’s pretty certain that most people will be voting on a Tuesday. The custom of voting on a Tuesday in November was established when many Americans were farmers. By November, the growing and harvesting seasons were over making it easier for farmers to leave their work and go vote.
Marcia Amidon Lusted

But what day is chosen for elections in other countries? Many countries, such as Greece, Australia, and Brazil, choose to hold elections on Sundays or Saturdays because they feel that more people will turn out to vote on weekends when they are less likely to be working.

The United States does not hold Sunday elections because the tradition is that Sundays are for religious services, not voting. But not every country or religion observes Sunday as its day of worship.

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