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  • michelle.ramsay2

    Its a nice thought but I think it would be better to work on encouraging early and absentee ballot voting. Also some kind of standard for voting. In my small town we have very short lines and are basically in and out. The idea that some people had to wait hours is ridiculous - this is America!

  • Anthony DiMarco

    I hope you all were able to get out and vote! I think all the companies who were involved did so to set an example for some of their peers. If we could start this at the small business level and work our way up maybe we could have some real clout when one day we ask our government to make it a federal holiday.

    Obviously early voting is the simpler solve, however this is not an option in PA. But Take Back Tuesday is a more direct way to identify our campaign.

    I'd also like to point out Chrysler Group LLC was a last minute addition to #takebacktuesday. As you can check out here: http://takebacktuesday.good.is/

  • rikki.ansell

    If people can't make time to vote now, giving them a full day off to do it isn't going to get them to the polls. Go ahead and close your business if you want to, but thinking that declaring a national holiday is going to close every business is wrong. Like hospitals, fire stations, police departments, gas stations, hotels, newspapers and restaurants will be closed- that simply isn't going to happen. The last thing we need is one more paid holiday for government workers - let's find a better way to spend those tax dollars.

    • Red Dandelion

      Of course these will never be closed on any holiday but that doesn't mean the employers couldn't make sure everyone had an hour off so everyone could vote. But it does beg the question if you know you have to work and can't get the time off why don't you absentee vote?! In Columbia County Washington we all have to vote by mail so its easy but there is no reason if you want to vote and it is important you can find a way so get out and VOTE!

      • rikki.ansell

        The polls in my state are open 13 hours, and as long as you are in line when they officially close, you still vote. In addition, anyone who believed they would be unable to vote in person could apply to absentee vote, so there's no reason not to vote. What I'm saying is in response to the "national holiday" movement - those who might currently have issues getting to the polls are the same people who'd have to work that holiday anyway. Most employers make allowances for voting, either letting people off early if needed, or to come in later - a National holiday isn't going to make voting easier or more likely.

        • Red Dandelion

          If you read my post closely I basically agree with you. I said, if your boss won't let you have the time off vote absentee. I don't think we need a new holiday. Especially when we have several elections during the year. It is nice if companies do give their employees the time off but it is up to the individual to vote so get out and do it whatever it takes!