Make Election Day a National Holiday
- Celebrate Our Democracy: Election Day as a National Holiday!
Working people should not be forced to choose between standing in a
long line to vote and being at work on time. While 30 states have laws
giving workers the right to take time off to vote, many workers and
employers are unaware of these laws. Holding national elections on a
national holiday will increase the number of available poll workers
and polling places and potentially increase overall turnout while
making it much easier for working Americans to go to the polls.
Election Day is already a holiday in Puerto Rico in presidential
election years, and many Puerto Ricans celebrate and make Election Day
a fun and festive party with a purpose. In 2000, Puerto Rico's voter
turnout was 82.6%, as compared to 51.6% in the United States -- and
Puerto Rico doesn't even have any Electoral College votes.
How can we build a grassroots movement to create another national
holiday? This should be an issue which all political ideologies in
America can embrace.