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Voting On Tuesday - How Is This Still A Thing?: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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OriginalTharios (11 hours ago)
Indeed...elections...how are these still a thing? Clearly, people have no idea what's in their best interests. Everyone voted for either Hillary, or Trump. As if write-ins aren't a thing...and as if there aren't hundreds of individuals who are both more well-known, more well-liked, and at least nominally more qualified to be President, than ANY of the candidates were in the last cycle. But no, you all voted in binary, like you do every fucking time. So...time to take your votes away. If you can't take care of your toys...you lose them. End of discussion.
Youthoob Gamer (22 days ago)
Election day should be full day holiday on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m
akshay mamulwar (24 days ago)
In India We have holiday on voting day
TheDeff001 (30 days ago)
in germany voting always takes place on a sunday you can also vote via mail for a few weeks before the actual vote
Cassandra Saldana (1 month ago)
THIS MADE MY DAY. We are so close to running the lying scumbag Bruce Rauner out of the state capitol (I'm from Illinois)
SpookyRoseV (1 month ago)
Yet again as this election shows we just refuse to update from the 1800’s
Debra Roy (1 month ago)
your vote does not count. stop wasting your time
Twiggs AltRock (2 months ago)
Why not just have a whole week to vote
Mark Fennell (2 months ago)
Great video. I would like to see a national Day of voting. All businesses closed except for food gas etc.
mellakat80 (2 months ago)
Whnt19 is Huntsville, Alabama. I hated that. The other problem is how they register us to vote. Some of our votes didn't even count at that time because many of us, despite the fact of registering were put on provisional ballots. And they did not count them correctly
Scarlett Buchanan (2 months ago)
Jesus why not just have a shit tone of small voting stations like in the UK like I voted in a primary school that's was a 3 minute walk away
phoebephoebo .sydney (3 months ago)
2:00 in the UK polling stations are open 7am-10pm so voters can visit outside normal working hours, and you can generally walk to your nearest one (I've lived in 5 different locations and always walked). And if that's too hard, there are postal votes. I've never seen a long queue for one, even on the news. I know the US has a bigger population and a larger area to cover- but those queues seemed to be happening in urban areas. If you can spend millions on ad campaigns, you can spend more on polling stations.
9876karthi (3 months ago)
What??? election day is not a national holiday in US??? it is weird??? I think it is a public  holiday in every other democracy
mdudegamer (4 months ago)
Where I live this isn't really a problem because you can drop off an envelope with your ballot whenever you have time. I was honestly surprised to find out it isn't a more common practice.
Kate Bottley (4 months ago)
I liked it when they said Tuesday
Lolana Kahale (4 months ago)
so we can't skip church but absent from work is okay? how are we gonna donate our money to chuch when we got none
Ryne Green (5 months ago)
I’m thinking it is still a thing now because it keep voter turnout low
Scobragon (5 months ago)
What is that ecstacy of gold sounding song at 3:18?
AK Chohos (5 months ago)
For an ‘advanced’ nation, America surely panders to its 19th century rural society.
Frank Müller (5 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW1vw22ewhY&t=199s John Oliver the Traitor Cuck^^ Wake up Americans greetings from Germany.
LexiLSify (5 months ago)
In France voting day is always on a Sunday. You can have absentee ballots but no mail vote or early voting. Polls are in town halls, and schools so that everyone can vote near(ish) their homes and it avoids crowding one specific place. And they're open from 7am to like 6, 7 or 8pm in big cities. (also, it's still paper ballots, and you need your electoral card and an ID).
Fidel Zurita (5 months ago)
0:50 oh fuck the beginning of cancer as pickle rick
Paola Rosario (5 months ago)
Our voting day, in Puerto Rico, is a fucking mess LMAO seriously, the whole thing is just a big excuse to party.
Ro G (6 months ago)
Every state should have mail-in voting.
JamesHLanier (6 months ago)
If voting was easy, Republicans would never win another election.
Weber Master (6 months ago)
Why not more voting booths?
daipaulig (6 months ago)
Voting on Tuesday is so fucking stupid.
David Kniberg (6 months ago)
I like how the word "THIS" in the intro displayed backwards is spelled like "SHIT".
John Personage (7 months ago)
Our elections here in the UK are on Thursdays. Who cares what day it is? It has to be on one of the seven available days. jeez!
Miguel Silva (6 months ago)
"Who cares"? Clearly the people that can't vote because they can't get off work. Sunday has the most people off work at the same time, so that is clearly the best day. Of course, this only applies if you actually want people to vote. Or at least certain people.
Nicci Lewis (7 months ago)
But the sabbath is not on Sunday....sooooooooooooo.
n0ame1u1 (7 months ago)
Election day is the first Tuesday in November so that my birthday can fall out on election day once every 28 years.
jb888888888 (7 months ago)
If we make Election Day a holiday, people will still miss work and therefore money (because the office is closed), or have to work (because infrastructure still needs to operate, and restaurants/retail stores/etc. will be open for all those people off work), or sleep in, or find "sick dunks" to invent because they have the day off.
Adam Palmer (7 months ago)
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C M (7 months ago)
Then don't vote.
Donald Allen (7 months ago)
There’s a lot of people that have to work weekends...
Miguel Silva (6 months ago)
A lot less than the ones that have to work weekdays.
patrick hobbs (7 months ago)
Why not allow people to vote on Sunday or Monday? Votes on Sunday are NOT counted but separated, thus giving no early result but allowing for a faster tally on Monday. Religious people can vote on Monday. Those who work can vote on Sunday. This is just one possible solution. There are many.
DragonTurtle9999 (7 months ago)
I vote national holiday
Anthony Hewetson (8 months ago)
There is at least one other thing that, in a lot of states, is scheduled around the christian sabbath: the sale of alcohol. Many states disallow the sale of any form of alcohol on Sunday, some disallow the sale of hard alcohol but allow the sale of beer, cider, wine. My particular state allows the sale of non-liquor but not until noon: from the sale of alcohol perspective the Texas sabbath extends from midnight until noon on Sunday - kind of a half sabbath. It kind of boils down to the absolute need for alcohol in order to celebrate the state's true religion - football!
MultiJebusChrist (8 months ago)
It's still a thing so fewer poor people show up to vote.
Was anyone else expecting the reason to be racism?
Adam Palmer (10 months ago)
America's funniest home videos
Jules Ortega (10 months ago)
I waited for three hours this year here in RVA
Vectored Thrust (10 months ago)
In the uk we vote on a Thursday, but the polls are open from 7am-10pm so that everyone can have a chance to vote before or after work. And if you can't make it or don't want to for any reason, you can vote by post
x a n a x (10 months ago)
My weekends at my job are on Tuesday/Wednesday. Us blue collars gotta do what we gotta do to earn money and that includes stupid weekends. Remember that.
Miguel Silva (6 months ago)
Yes, but that's a relative minority. Weekends - particularly Sunday - is when most people are off work.
Mac'n CheeseTV (10 months ago)
0:48 I'm Pickle Rick!!
Furisca Fynn (10 months ago)
I love the way he says "Holy shit." Edit: We have postal vote in the UK. That's another option that's not too hard to set up. Tho making it an National holiday would be better.
Zane Neelin (10 months ago)
Pickle Rick
Zachary Matthew James (11 months ago)
What if the government made an app for that? They could keep paper ballots, because some people don't like to use advanced technology and the Amish still exist, but if you could vote online it would fix a lot of those problems!
Zuu Lee (11 months ago)
CORROMPIDO (1 year ago)
Pickle Riiiiiiiick!
omer shaik (1 year ago)
it's too keep you from voting. especially to keep poor people who can't afford to miss a day of work from voting. it's like voter ID laws, it's to make voting inacssesible for the lower classes without making it illegal
Fujitaka Okarashii (1 year ago)
I'm wondering why it has to be ONE day? Wouldn't it be much better if it was like a week? We have a whole week time to cast our vote where I live, so why can't you?
Polly Maganda (1 year ago)
Dude... even México's Election Day is a national holiday... AND on a Sunday. México. And we're Catholic!
Miguel Silva (6 months ago)
Evangelicals are actually much more fanatical than Catholics. Strange, but true.
dan hemmerling (1 year ago)
they make it on a work day and at winter. they bitch about low voter turn out but they set it up that way.
Ali Conradie (1 year ago)
Why isn't it a public holiday? We always get off
Freddie Ellis (1 year ago)
Ah yes, the sabbath. The Jewish day of rest that Christians got wrong by one day.........
Kyle Collin (1 year ago)
How many people here actually knew why we voted on Tuesdays before the video?
Gunman610 (1 year ago)
Election Day isn't a national holiday. You know what is? Effing INAUGURATION DAY.
Nathan Jessep (1 year ago)
Hours of waiting to vote? Longest I have waited here in Germany was 2 minutes.
Nana Chunk (1 year ago)
Good question
There is no reason to dislike this video. For FU-
Kurt Riker (1 year ago)
Post office
ITPalGame (1 year ago)
Sunday is not the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the Sabbath, which has always been on our Romanesque/ Gregorian calendar, Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. The Roman Catholic church does not have the authority to change times and laws.
Rusty Shackelford (1 year ago)
Of note... Almost all the footage of those areas where voting has to happen on Tuesday showed an interesting trend. The vast majority of people shown were of a racial minority. Seems quite clear that this voting system is primarily being used where racial minorities are most prevalent, clearly causing greater obstacles to racial minorities.
Rusty Shackelford (1 year ago)
Making it a national holiday or moving it to a weekend is not as clear a solution as one might suspect. Retail workers, fast food, etc. rarely get a normal weekend as their weekend and almost never get holidays off beyond maybe Christmas and a third of Thanksgiving... The true solution is to not have a damn voting day, but have some form of early voting or a whole damn voting week. And removing the idiocy of early reporting of people's votes. While we're at it, can we switch to Single Transferable Voting? It's simple, in a vote, you vote for your 1st preference, 2nd, 3rd, etc. Then the votes get tallied and if a 1st preference winner is found, done. If not, they go to round 2, taking the 2nd preference votes from the candidate with the least votes and spread them out, then check again and repeat as needed.
A Laly (1 year ago)
Anyone notice how practically all of the long line footage was mostly black people?
Manuel Alejandro (1 year ago)
As a non-american, I wonder why all the footage of long lines shows a disproportionate amount of African-Americans?
Arrow Lover (1 year ago)
How about Sunday???
Entro Py (1 year ago)
Seriously... the US is just too stupid to vote: - Voting on a workday for most people? In Germany it's on a sunday. - Not counting out every single vote? In Germany every single vote counts towards financial aid for the parties - Only having two parties that completely split the country in half? In Germany we have at least 4 parties in the parlament (though I admit it's becoming more and more like a two-big-party-thing here recently) - Having a indirect election system is just wrong - look at how Trump won the election -_-
Highlyskeptical (1 year ago)
Yet we get 4th of July off to look at the pretty lights.
DaaaahWhoosh (1 year ago)
We should have voting on Saturday, so that no one can say the Jews run this country.
Mimi Talooza (1 year ago)
All the people waiting in those lines, good for you. Thumbs up
Liam Johnston (1 year ago)
This sort of video makes me angry because I think that something should be done and I don't like thumbing up this sort of thing. I would prefer more like reddit where I arrow it up.
Izzy Graze (1 year ago)
There are 4 advanced polling days in Canada.
bits&pices (1 year ago)
If there were such long queues in Italy nobody would vote. Or If it were on freaking Tuesdays anyway.
Emil Sørensen (1 year ago)
No wonder half the country doesn't vote. In Denmark, the line to vote is usually 2-5 people when I come in after work on election day.
Ethan Tokko (1 year ago)
Wait... Election day isn't a legal holiday in the US??
netwolfe (1 year ago)
+Ethan Tokko Nope. And I provide that statement as someone who has been born in, raised, and still lives in the U.S.A.
Jack Drees (1 year ago)
Before HBO thinks about canceling this show, show this video to someone there. They will change their mind immediately.
Shiny Sylveon (1 year ago)
So...why not just move President's day to Election day? Wouldn't more people have the day off as it's a national holiday?
Matthew Sexton (1 year ago)
Short answer: Because even the slightest change to US policy involves decades of red tape.
AtsilaH (1 year ago)
This is a country where minimum wage employees have to drag their tails into work on Thanksgiving day so that, in a few hours later, the masses can stampede their way into the store to tear shit up. Making election day a national holiday isn't going to change much for those who already have a hard time taking off work to vote.
Yemi B (1 year ago)
Why is voter turnout higher in territories? The people there don't even have proper voting rights. Their ballots don't count!
Molly Paananen (1 year ago)
Dr. Zippy Mcscoots (1 year ago)
Its also the same day new blurays are released. Choices. We could also extend the fuckin voting time 2 weeks. Should give everyone plenty of time. but we all know that wont happen.
Jeremy Solomon (1 year ago)
Snigdha Bharadwaj (1 year ago)
So in America, election days are not national holidays!!!! Are you kidding me?!!?!?!?!!? Plus the stupidly long and complicated system of election and the electoral colleges?!?!?!?!?!?!??! Guys what's the point of you being the oldest democracy in the world of you can't even do elections right!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fifth Hour (1 year ago)
Australia votes on Saturday
Revert Revertz (1 year ago)
A voter ID system would improve the time lines, but that's racist so keep making ridiculous amounts of lines
CJ (1 year ago)
I've lived in two different states and never had to wait more than about ten minutes. I really have no idea how that sort of thing happens in places. They just need to open more polling stations in those states. Where I live, there are precincts about every 3-4 blocks -- some areas of the country just run elections better than others.
Komninos Maraslidis (1 year ago)
those lines were disgusting. Nice democracy USA...
Bax Skopog (1 year ago)
I would think something else they could do is federally mandate the polling stations stay open over a weekend because that would give people plenty of time to vote and also make it harder to suppress the vote.
Aurora Wolfe (1 year ago)
I voted on election day a couple months ago (November 8, 2016). You know how long I waited? Literally like 2 minutes
netwolfe (1 year ago)
+Aurora Wolfe That could depend on your district. Some districts may simply have more or fewer people. Some districts may have more voting booths that they can handle more voters at on time. While other voting districts have fewer voting booths they can only handle fewer voters at one time. These factors alone are engouh to cause different average wait times in different districts.
Connor Murphy (1 year ago)
'Oh that's right motherfuckers, that thing's still on.' The way he said it was so funny.
EXUPERYSROSE (1 year ago)
Dear John My name is Joana and I am your biggest fan in the universe. I say this with confidence because by definition, I am enthusiastically devoted to you. Now I don’t own a television, I am against television all together but thankfully you’re on youtube and between one ted talk and a make up tutorial I don’t know exactly how, I came to your videos and felt in love. I say this with the utmost respect for your beautiful wife, I am sure you chose the right girl for you, and, because you are married, I have no aspirations of a romantic experience with you.I admire you as an idol, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. Thank you John for being who you are. The smartest, funniest, most insightful and proper person that I ever experienced, but also because you worked hard to become such a star. To spread your brilliant ideas across and through your talent make the world a better place. I feel hopeful of a better world because of the multitude of people who appreciate your show. I feel proud that a white supremacist shithead mentions you in his hate speech, as an opponent force. Did you ever think you would be such a powerful force? I never had an idol before. I mean, I loved Whitney Houston when I was 16 and tried to sing like her but that did not work well at all. But the moment I watched your first show I could not help but watch every single one of them over the a few months. Then I researched about you, and you know, I am 32 years old and I feel the impulse to collect pictures of you. Maybe not. But I am just so happy that a guy with your wonderful ideas, wonderful vision of the world, is empowered to broadcast yourself and inspire others to do the right things, to make sense of this crazy world, and do this with a sharp sense of humor. You are wonderful John Oliver, wonderful. I feel ridiculous to say this because I am not 15 years old and as a grown woman have a demanding job and many responsibilities, but deep inside I cultivate the dream of, someday, meet you in person and say to you, how inspired I am by you. As I am sure it will never happen, though I will keep the more realistic expectation that this letter reaches you. And if it does and you need to keep just one single word from it, make it three: THANK YOU JOHN! Joana
J. St (1 year ago)
way not voting over the mail like swiss do? put the anonym envelope in the mail box done. I don't know way such a huge country still uses such an old system to vote.
Jerk Store (1 year ago)
Why have raging sociopaths decided on a specific day for everyone to vote for candidates who best serve their interests? Why do you think??? "Even the media doesn't know"... urgh... god... this is why this show is still on the air. If this show crossed certain lines and really got to the bottom of things it probably wouldn't be on the air anymore. That's why you have to rely on alternative media and documentaries.
domydishes (1 year ago)
its not like sjws have a job anyway
ibeleaf (1 year ago)
without farmers going to church you wont have your gay ass kale shakes
Mimi Zilliacus (1 year ago)
In Australia election day is on a Saturday, postal votes are allowed for everyone, we even having polling stations set up at all Australian Embassies and High Commissions - AND most importantly we get a sausage sizzle, voting is not complete without the election day sausage sizzle
Jens Raab (1 year ago)
Why is it that Americans think that the US is "the greatest country in the world" when there's so much crazy stuff going on? I'm from Germany where certainly not everything is perfect but then I don't claim that it is the greatest country ever. Yet, over here and in many other European countries there are a lot of things that are handled much better than in the US.

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