Why does America vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November? Blame the farmers. Especially religious farmers of the 1840s.

Before 1845, according to AZfamily.com, states could have elections anytime in a range of dates. But, of course, that didn't work, because word got around (even back then) and that affected voting in other areas, so the federal government looked for a day everybody could agree on. And that day was chosen due to Sunday church services, farming in America and the day after Halloween - which wasn't about stealing your kids trick-or-treat candy back in 1845.

Here's the story.


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