Talk:Election Day (United States)

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November 8[edit]

Since 1845, Election Day was on November 8 (the second, rather than the first, Tuesday) in the following years: 1853, 1859, 1864, 1870, 1881, 1887, 1892, 1898, 1904, 1910, 1921, 1927, 1932, 1938, 1949, 1955, 1960, 1966, 1977, 1983, 1988, 1994, 2005, and 2011. In the next 100 years, Election Day will fall on November 8 in 2016, 2022, 2033, 2039, 2044, 2050, 2061, 2067, 2072, 2078, 2089, 2095, 2101, 2107, and 2112. GeoffreyT2000 (talk) 19:20, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

A method of calculating the "period between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December"[edit]

The first Wednesday in December occurs on the 1st thru the 7th; for calculation purposes, they may be thought of as November 31st thru 37th. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (Election Day) occurs on the 2nd thru the 8th. The set of differences between the two sets of dates is { (31 - 8 = 23) thru (37 - 2 = 35) }. The difference between a date on a Wednesday in December and a date on a Tuesday in November must be a multiple of 7, plus one (7a + 1). The only difference in the set {23 thru 35} meeting this criterion is 29; hence, the period between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December is always 29 days. Login54321 (talk) 06:15, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

Another method of calculating the "period between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December": The difference between the two sets of dates above is (31 - 2) thru (37 - 8) = 29 .  — Preceding unsigned comment added by 27.154.63.66 (talk) 03:03, 22 December 2016 (UTC) 

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The date of election day[edit]

A formula for determining the date of election day in any year will be added to the article. In doing so, it needs your kind help.

The formula is ED = 8 -([y/4] x 5 + y mod 4 + c)mod 7,

where ED stands for Election Day,

y is the last two digits of the year (i.e. if the year is 1984, y = 84 and if y > 28, take the result of y mod 28),
c is 1 for century years mod 400 = 000, 6 for those = 100, 4 for those = 200, and 2 for those = 300.

For the year of 2016 (y is 16 and c is 1),

ED = 8 - ([16/4] x 5 + 16 mod 4 + 1) mod 7 = 8 - (20 + 0 + 1) mod 7 = 8 - 0 = 8.
The date was November 8.

For the year of 1987 (y is 87 mod 28 = 3 and c is 2),

ED = 8 - ([3/4] x 5 + 3 mod 4 + 2) mod 7 = 8 - (0 + 3 + 2) mod 7 = 8 - 5 = 3.
The date was November 3.

For the year of 1853 (y is 53 mod 28 = 25 and c is 4),

ED = 8 - ([25/4] x 5 + 25 mod 4 + 4) mod 7 = 8 - (30 + 1 + 4) mod 7 = 8 - 0 = 8.
The date was November 8.

For the year of 2112 (y is 12 and c is 6),

ED = 8 - ([12/4] x 5 + 12 mod 4 + 6) mod 7 = 8 - (15 + 0 + 6) mod 7 = 8 - 0 = 8.
The date will be November 8.

For the date of presidential election, the formula can be as ED = 8 -(y/4 x 5 + c)mod 7.

27.154.63.66 (talk) 03:20, 27 December 2016 (UTC)