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Should Election Day be designated a national holiday?
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Bev Hirzel, 7/31/2020 2:04 PM
As a Precinct Chairman for over 40 years it is not getting easier to find registered voters to work the elections SO maybe a national holiday would help! Also for those that use the excuse they cannot get off of work to vote, yes lame as it is, this would take away that excuse.
Vicki Burch, 7/31/2020 2:40 PM
I agree with Bev Herzel's comments. Ditto!!
Vicki Paris Goodman, 7/31/2020 2:58 PM
Where did this question come from? I've never heard of such a thing. And I thought I was well informed. Making election day a holiday, why? So that people can more easily vote? As if most employers, both public and private sector, don't give employees time off for voting if their circumstances require it? As if there aren't already a million different ways to cast one's ballot, and weeks upon weeks in which to do so? All, I might add, at the expense of our election integrity. This sounds like more left-wing nonsense to me. Just another way to reduce national productivity to advance nefarious socialist goals. A truly terrible idea.
Margaret (Peggy) Smetana, 7/31/2020 3:03 PM
A National Holiday allows federal employees to not work. It does not mandate that other employees not work. Why give federal employees another holiday. NC has 2 weeks of early voting including weekend hours. Also, people can request an absentee ballot without having to give a reason.
Patsy, 8/1/2020 7:17 PM
Retired for past couple of decades. But before that most of my employment was in the private sector, for one of the top employers in the State. Said company always gave employees a holiday on the November election day when the ballot included the Presidential and gubernatorial positions. It was part of their company policy to encourage civic awareness and involvement by employees and customers. No such holidays for other elections. I suspect a review of the data about participation levels helped senior management justify the expense to the company.
Of course, now our state is 100% vote by mail and no one needs to take time off from work to review candidates or issues. And no one needs to drive to a polling place, find a place to park, and wait in line for hours to exercise their right to vote and the obligation to their fellow citizens to be a well-informed voter..
As a result of our postage-already-paid, vote by mail ballots, there is now no reason for a holiday on election day. It will be interesting to see if there is a change in voter participation.
Barbara Ellman, 8/2/2020 1:25 PM
Making Election Day a National Holiday might make it easier for professionals, as well as hourly workers, who cannot take time off from their jobs, to go to the polls to vote.
Nancy Hathccock, 8/4/2020 2:18 AM
I am totally against making election day a holiday. The first I heard of this was from Obama at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis. Sorry to say it will be an excuse to goof off and not vote. Besides, with so many states pushing the mail in ballots this election we certainly don't need the postal workers off for the day.
Really unfounded idea.
Slach, Lenis , 8/4/2020 5:53 PM
If Election Day would replace another (off work) holiday only, it would be more acceptable. With the mail-in-ballots, there would be no reason.
Elizabeth Cook, 8/7/2020 6:55 PM
If the Election were a national holiday, it would be easier for individuals who are employed to go vote. Also, many polling places are in schools, which wouldn't interfere with the school day and would prevent flocks of people coming into the schools.
Americans need to realize how important Election Day is!