Voting in November

Why Do We Vote in November?

November is best known for Election Day, Thanksgiving and Veterans Day, but it's packed with an abundance of special days of awareness and observances to celebrate. Many celebrate religious holidays (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, Diwali, Hanukah to name a few), fall within early November. The Advent calendar begins at the end of the month to countdown until Christmas. In the US, daylight savings time ends on November 7th at 2:00AM EST.

Voting on a Tuesday in November isn’t as arbitrary as it seems. The month marked the end of harvest, and it offered mild weather for traveling voters. In 1845, Congress passed a law mandating that the presidential Election Day would be held every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the month. Tuesday was chosen as Election Day so that voters could attend church on Sunday, travel to the polling location (usually in the county seat) on Monday, and vote before Wednesday, which was usually when farmers would sell their produce at the market. By 1792, federal law permitted each state to choose Presidential electors any time within a 34-day period before the first Wednesday in December. A November election was convenient because the harvest would have been completed but the most severe winter weather, impeding transportation, would not yet have arrived, while the new election results also would roughly conform to a new year.

Pick your own reason to celebrate what’s important to you, civic, religious or educational. Here are a few special days (and reasons) to chose from.

November 4th is Common Sense Day

November 8th National STEM/STEAM Day

November 9th World Freedom Day

November 10th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

November 11th Veterans Day

November 15th National Philanthropy Day (prepare for GiveMiamiDay on November 18th!)

November 16th International Day for Tolerance

November 17th World Peace Day,

November 20th Family Volunteer Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)

November 24th What Do You Love About America Day (day before Thanksgiving)

November 25th Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday)

November 26th Native American Heritage Day (day after Thanksgiving).

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