NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Why Tuesday? a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed to increasing American voter turnout, today announces the return of its Get Out the Why video contest. Launching October 26th, 2010 and ending Election Day (November 2, 2010), Get Out the Why is a biennial national call to encourage anyone with gumption and a video camera to ask lawmakers and influential Americans why Election Day is on Tuesday—all in the interest of sparking a national discussion about election reform.
"There are proffered solutions out there from electronic registration to online voting, but the one question no one can answer with a straight face is why Election Day is a Tuesday in November," said former Atlanta Mayor and WhyTuesday.org co-Founder Ambassador Andrew Young. "And now America, the beacon of democracy, ranks 139 out of 172 countries worldwide in voter turnout and dead last among the G8."
"The reason we vote on Tuesday is because of an antiquated 1845 law meant to make voting convenient for farmers who traveled by horse-drawn-carriage," said WhyTuesday.org's executive director Jacob Soboroff. "It's time for an upgrade. We are excited to enlist America's citizen journalists in the war on low voter turnout."
According to the rules of the competition, each person who gets a politician or "influencer" (see the list of leaders and influencers at WhyTuesday.org/getoutthewhy) on camera answering the question, "Do you know why Election Day is on Tuesday?" gets his/her video posted to WhyTuesday.org and a cash reward.
Categories and cash prizes include:
- $25,000.00 for a clip of President Obama answering the question.
- $10,000.00 for a clip of Vice President Biden or any former President answering the question.
- $1,000.00 for a clip of a former Vice Presidents answering the question.
- $300.00 for a clip of a United States Senator answering the question.
- $200.00 for a clip of specific influencers answering the question.
- $200.00 for each clip of a Governor or U.S. Representative answering the question.
- $50.00 for each clip of a senatorial candidate answering the question.
For more information regarding Why Tuesday? or Get Out the Why contest, please visit www.whytuesday.org.
ABOUT WHY TUESDAY?
Why Tuesday? is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization founded in 2005 to raise awareness about the state of America's voting system and to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections. Using Web 2.0 technology, Why Tuesday? provides a platform for national dialogue about the current voting system, problems with our current voting system, and solutions that can directly improve the voting process, increase registration and drive turnout. The Why Tuesday? documentary video blog has been seen millions of times across multiple online and traditional media platforms, including national news outlets. Why Tuesday? was the recipient of the Film Your Issue Award as well as being the only non-mainstream news outlet nominated for the 2008 Webby Award for Best Political Blog. For further information, visit http://whytuesday.org.
Barnett A. Zitron