Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 13, 2012, 11:36 a.m. EST by publius123
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Elections are held on Tuesdays, when most people work. Companies can disenfranchise people by simply not giving them time off to get to the polling station. In virtually every other country, Election Day is a national holiday, and voter participation rates are higher. By increasing access to the polls, we encourage participation in democracy. This is not a partisan goal, but one that stretches clear across the political spectrum.
This is a simple goal that should be easy to get through Congress. It requires only one small change: adding Election Day to the list of Federal holidays in section 6103 of Title 5 of the U.S. Code. It can be passed this year and take effect on Nov. 6, 2012.
Regardless of your politics, this is a clear, common-sense goal that all Americans should be willing to support.