Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino

Back in the early 1800s voting on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November made perfect sense.  In those days it was white land owning men (and later non-land owners) who could vote.  We were an agrarian society and voting in early November gave voters a chance to wrap up the harvest while not getting caught up in blistery winters.  The Tuesday part of our voting history also wasn’t random.  In the early days polling places were not scattered around our neighborhoods, instead voting would take place in the county seat.  At that time the United States was largely a rural society without motor vehicles and a day of travel had to be allotted for voters to get to the polling place.  It couldn’t be Monday, since Sunday was the day to attend church, so the following day, Tuesday become our voting day so that Monday could be used as the day of travel.

Voting on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November maximized the number of people voting.  This date made it as convenient as possible for the voters of that time.  Two hundred years later however, it not only doesn’t make sense, but it disenfranchises people.  Today most of our schedules are not dictated by planting seasons, but rather by eight to five, Monday through Friday work weeks.  Because most countries realize that our modern-day work weeks can make casting a ballot difficult voting takes place on a weekend or if an election is held during the week that day is made a holiday. (more…)