Some traditions are so ingrained in our culture that we don't stop to question why they exist. Such is the case with the American tradition of voting on Tuesdays. Getting people to the polls can be tricky in and of itself, so why add the hurdle of voting in the middle of a work week?
This tradition dates back to 1845, when a law was passed by Congress to establish the Tuesday after the first Monday in November as the day for presidential elections. Before then, states set their own election dates, so elections would be held at different times around the country. The legislative branch soon followed: Tuesday was designated as election day for U.S. House members in 1875, and for senators in 1914.
But why Tuesdays, you ask? Because America was largely comprised of agrarian Christians who based their schedules around both the Sabbath and travel convenience. Sundays were dedicated to church, and people needed a day (Monday) to travel to their county seat. You might fight traffic to reach your polling place, but imagine how much worse the trek was in 1875.