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  • amuhlou

    I like the spirit of making it a national holiday in that maybe it encourages people to think about voting and celebrate their right to vote by heading to the polls. However, whether it's moved to a weekend or made a holiday, there will be people it still doesn't work for. Not everyone has weekends off, and not every employer (hospitals, for example) can actually shut down for a day.

  • Sally Lewis

    If it were a Holiday there would still be many people who would still be working just as there is on every National Holiday. What we need to focus on is making sure that everyone who wants to vote is able to. Mail in ballots are very helpful to the elderly and the handicapped but lots of folks still aren't informed enough about the process to use it. Maybe the government ought to send an informational flyer out to everyone who gets a SS check.

  • mike4mula

    I'm sorry, but I vehemently disagree that election day should be a national holiday. Election day is set up so that most polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. Yes, there are some regional differences, but by and large, those are the hours. Plus, if people see in advance that they will not be able to make it to the polls, they can send in an absentee ballot. And how much time out of your day does it take to vote, an hour, including waiting in line? I think making it a national holiday is just another excuse to not go in to work for many people, and with about 35% of eligible voters actually voting, most people will just sit back and enjoy a day away from work. I've seen how national voting holidays are used in other countries and what I'm saying above is more then true. Do we want to end up like Greece where everything closes on election day, including historic and tourist sites? Greece's election day fell on a Sunday, and everything closed down, so if you wanted to visit a museum you were out of luck. No way, I think it is a big mistake.

    • Harold Janson

      And shutting everything down for a day is bad why? I fail to see why. The only people who would need to be on the job would be those who are of critical importance or additionally compensated to stay on the job during that time. The country doesn't shut down on weekends and other holidays. I fail to see why this would be any different.