Make Election Day a National Holiday

  • metta

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    Nov 08, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    Make Election Day a National Holiday


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    http://www.sanders.senate.gov/democracyday
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    Nov 09, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    I have always found it slightly inane that election day is not a national holiday. If people don't work on labor day and banks close on Columbus Day... then surely we can set aside a mere 24 hours to ensure that as many people exercise their civic responsibility to vote as possible. As a college student, I remember professors scheduling bone-crushing exams on election day. Yet, these same professors schedule around Mardi Gras. Come on Merica'...Lets do better !!
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    Nov 09, 2014 2:54 AM GMT
    Agreed. Write your Congressperson and Senator as Congress has the power to make it happen.
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    Nov 09, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
    Agreed, he has my vote, its crazy trying to get to the polls late in the evening, or early in the morning to fend of the rush hour traffic, trying to read on all the ballot measures, candidates, from the local, and state level.
  • tj85016

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    Nov 09, 2014 2:43 PM GMT
    mail-in ballots are available in every state with sufficient time to read everything. why are people so friggin stupid?
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    Nov 09, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidmail-in ballots are available in every state with sufficient time to read everything. why are people so friggin stupid?


    My state had a week of week of early voting. If you can't get to the polls in a week you are really not all that interested in voting! There are already enough national holidays that cost the taxpayers and an election holiday will just become another shopping holiday where campaign messages will only get lost in the flood of sales advertisements. On the surface a good idea but not really.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 09, 2014 4:37 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    tj85016 saidmail-in ballots are available in every state with sufficient time to read everything. why are people so friggin stupid?


    My state had a week of week of early voting. If you can't get to the polls in a week you are really not all that interested in voting! There are already enough national holidays that cost the taxpayers and an election holiday will just become another shopping holiday where campaign messages will only get lost in the flood of sales advertisements. On the surface a good idea but not really.
    Exactly. If Election Day was a federal holiday, the damned retailers would be using it to promote more sales and more shopping because places like Wal Mart, Target, JC Penney, Macy's and others would never close and give their overworked, underpaid employees a day of rest because Election Day is part of the Christmas shopping season.
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    Nov 09, 2014 7:18 PM GMT
    nothing new here
    an other countries doing the same
    what is / was the results?
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 09, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
    Based on the latest election I'd say there will probably be a 4-20 day before there is a democracy day.icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 09, 2014 9:00 PM GMT
    In my country it's a semi work-holiday, most schools close so all children and young adults that are in the educational system, as well as teachers/instructors in the educational system get the whole day off while other workers get one out of three treatments, either they get the whole day off, they get half of the day off or the company must set aside a few hours during the day for their workers to go out and vote but they may not hinder the voting process for their workers. whichever of the three that is applied depends on the line of work, although i think half day work is the most common one.
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    Nov 09, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidmail-in ballots are available in every state with sufficient time to read everything. why are people so friggin stupid?


    In Kansas we have advanced voting as well, you can mail it in or go to a polling location early.

    I think we do enough, why have another federal holiday where nothing gets done within the government.

    Would this mean the service industry would have to close too? Hope everyone can not shop for a day if so!
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    Nov 10, 2014 11:19 AM GMT
    No need to make it a national holiday, just hold elections on a Sunday.

    I'm sure there are a lot of people who would love to miss work to vote, but how many would be willing to give up a few hours of their weekend?
  • tazzari

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    Nov 10, 2014 7:26 PM GMT
    I wonder if it would be possible/work to fine people for not voting?

    In ancient Athens, where voting was held by the assembled population, functionaries swept the streets with a rope dipped in red paint. Anyone with paint on his clothes was fined.
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    Nov 11, 2014 4:04 AM GMT
    Tuesday's a horrible day to have elections. Sundays are a holy day (to the NFL). Mondays would be better (just ask Garfield).

    No, something else has to happen first. Public funding of elections. No more unlimited, anonymous political funding. One person, one contribution, one vote. The job should pay well enough to be attractive, but not so great as to burden the taxpayer beyond means.

    End lobbying (as an industry).

    Public funding of the news (and all should be non-profit). Not bankrupt, not poor...but not built on the profit model. Anything else has to be labeled "Advertisement for Republican Politics" or "Advertisement for Democratic Politics."

    All politicians must submit to Truth in Advertising. Or face a fine. Fines are levied as debits from their public campaign fund.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 12, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidTuesday's a horrible day to have elections. Sundays are a holy day (to the NFL). Mondays would be better (just ask Garfield).

    No, something else has to happen first. Public funding of elections. No more unlimited, anonymous political funding. One person, one contribution, one vote. The job should pay well enough to be attractive, but not so great as to burden the taxpayer beyond means.

    End lobbying (as an industry).

    Public funding of the news (and all should be non-profit). Not bankrupt, not poor...but not built on the profit model. Anything else has to be labeled "Advertisement for Republican Politics" or "Advertisement for Democratic Politics."

    All politicians must submit to Truth in Advertising. Or face a fine. Fines are levied as debits from their public campaign fund.
    Sundays are also holy days for all the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS. You cannot interrupt their beloved church services with national elections, the world might come to an end.
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    Nov 12, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    NO. Don't! ANY day is a horrible day to have elections. Every jurisdiction should have balloting by mail only (with maybe 1 polling place per county for those too dumb to mail in their ballots). The state of Oregon has mail-only balloting. If it's good enough there, it's good enough everywhere. Think of all the tax money that would be saved across the country by not having 20,000 polling places open.

    Unfortunately, such a change would require rational thought by government officials and politicians, something of which they are generally incapable.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 12, 2014 2:15 AM GMT
    HikerSkier saidNO. Don't! ANY day is a horrible day to have elections. Every jurisdiction should have balloting by mail only (with maybe 1 polling place per county for those too dumb to mail in their ballots). The state of Oregon has mail-only balloting. If it's good enough there, it's good enough everywhere. Think of all the tax money that would be saved across the country by not having 20,000 polling places open.

    Unfortunately, such a change would require rational thought by government officials and politicians, something of which they are generally incapable.
    Yeah, especially the bumbling, money grabbing crooks that run New York state government.