Senator Bernie Sanders and others have called for making Election Day a national holiday as a way to increase voter participation in elections. Do you think that this would increase voter turnout on Election Day? Why or Why Not? Is it lack of time that prevents people from voting or lack of desire? And, what about people who don't bother to register - wouldn't this just give them a day off from work?
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I like your reasoning on the early predictions putting a kink in things - that could be done away with & an election holiday could be useful. Again, just by raising the importance of the idea of voting. So many people are wishy-washy about it.
Thanks for your comment. However, what is preventing these people from registering to vote by mail?
Well, YOU may not be in a situation of multitasking with several kids, ha! 'What's so hard about that'? A national election day would both free people up; AND underscore the importance we as a nation place on voting. I like the Internet idea above.
Thanks for your comment. However, many people in this economy are part time or temporary employees paid hourly and they generally not paid for holidays. This could hurt the working poor.
The 'working poor' always suffer. But, there are many young workers who are 'poor' working at banks and things like that who might not go out of their way to vote, otherwise. It think it would help a LOT to put a spotlight of importance on that day.
I agree. I signed up for an early mail in ballot almost 10 years ago and every election since then my wife & I have received our ballots in the mail at home, have marked our voting preferences and mailed our ballots back.
Voter fraud is a problem and registering on election day makes fraud easier. Registration drives often take place during election years in malls & public places & if a person can't take 2 minutes to sign up at a mall how serious a voter are t
@Chuck, there is no voter fraud at all. That is a false reason.
I so agree with you.
How do you know for sure there is no voter fraud, when we can't verify and validate who is voting. What is wrong with Voter id? My local library requires more time and information to get a library card.
Then we need something like the checks and balances that the state of Nevada uses to ensure that the casinos are not cheating.
So that would mean for presidential elections, there should only be one machine type and they all use the same sw.
Immigrants can't legally vote until they become a citizen. When they become a citizen they receive a certificate of citizenship which is sufficient ID. When my wife became a citizen she & others were able to register to vote at on the spot.