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.