Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Make Election Day a National Holiday

On this Election Day, with people around the country taking time out of their schedules to vote, it is time we realize that Election Day really should be a national holiday.

Voting is the most important civic act we engage in as citizens. We should make it as easy as possible for everyone to vote. As it stands now, federal Election Days are on Tuesdays, in the middle of the week. Many voters – especially working-class voters -- have jobs that they cannot easily leave for very long to go wait in line; younger voters often have classes they must attend. Voters shouldn’t have to juggle jobs or school and voting. Election Day should be a national holiday. An Obama administration, working with a Democratic Congress, should make this one of their first priorities.

In passing legislation to make Election Day a national holiday, an Obama administration and the Congress should encourage citizens to participate in the voting process, to get involved as poll workers, election workers, and to devote part of each Election Day holiday not only to voting, but in volunteering in the American democratic process.

I can’t think of a better legacy to leave for future generations of voters. And I can’t think of a better day to start this movement.

If you support this idea, please leave a comment to this post with your name and city. Let’s make this happen.

Please spread the word.

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