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Would making Election Day a Federal Holiday improve voter Turnout?


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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    Chuck Nugent (Chuck) 14 months ago

    Thanks for your comment. However, what is preventing these people from registering to vote by mail?


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    Chuck Nugent (Chuck) 14 months ago

    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.

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    Chuck Nugent (Chuck) 14 months ago

    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


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    Catherine Mostly (Misfit Chick) 11 months ago

    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.

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    Chuck Nugent (Chuck) 14 months ago

    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.


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    bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago

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    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.


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