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Forum Post: Sanders: Make Election Day a holiday

Posted 2 years ago on Aug. 11, 2015, 10:43 a.m. EST by factsrfun (8783) from Phoenix, AZ
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By Jordain Carney

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to make election a day a holiday, suggesting that it could make it easier to vote.

Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has introduced a proposal that would amend the U.S. code to include "Federal Election Day, the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year," according to the legislation.

The Vermont senator said at a rally last week that the legislation would make sure everyone who wants to vote has the time to, and "would indicate a national commitment to create a vibrant democracy."

The legislation is part of a package of proposals that Sanders is offering, aimed at voting and campaigns. He's also introduced legislation that would automatically register 18-year-olds to vote, and said last week that he intends to offer legislation that would allow public financing of campaigns.

The proposals come as Democrats rallied around the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and doubled down on their call for lawmakers to "restore" the legislation after a key provision was struck down by the Supreme Court.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/250784-sanders-want-to-make-election-day-a-holiday

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33306) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33306) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

While Bernie speaks to the public - with an impressive turn out of the population at large - HRC speaks at private (monied) small gatherings.

I guess in the view of MSM squawking heads as well as pollsters - holding monied small gatherings makes one the front runner (catering to the wealthy much? ).

Time and long past time for the real numbers = VOTERS to make the definitive difference - But not just in a presidential race - It needs to be in ALL races = LOCAL STATE FEDERAL.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8783) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Notice how Matt hasn't commented here he says he wants elections to be holidays but when someone actually wants to do that, Matt does not support it, he is like an NRA member he cares about one issue and is unable to see the bigger picture, narrow mindedness is killing us.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33306) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Mat enjoys complaining - he hates doing anything about what he is complaining about.

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8783) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

I suspect Matt is not that different from BW there are a lot of Greens still and they tend to stay hidden as to hid the fact that they are actually ego whores not revolutionists.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

The green party has had this issue on its platform aswell


I see that a candidate is trying to get my support by making a promise

of a solution I suggested years ago

I would need further proof that this is indicated in the moving platform

so that the idea is being conveyed to others

I heard no one else mention "voter holidays"

I doubt it has even been brought up in speech

let alone taken away by the crowd and rebroadcast


I understand that most candidates are supporters of US air strikes and I will not support it or any candidate that does


I will write in "NO WAR" for president when I go to vote

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

I'm not sure "NO WAR" will be on the ballot ... however Bernie has opposed every war as far as I can remember

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8783) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

Writing NO WAR allows "whoever" to decide making an actual choice in an attempt to stop and or reduce war is harder, one has to read or at least know some things, like the fact that it was a Democratic President who last made it through office without bombing anyone or starting any wars, so if someone actually cared about such things people would know that and attempt to repeat it, but ego whores just want everyone to know how perfect they are.

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8783) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

The green Party is full of ego whores who spend their time electing the GOP, I don't give a crap what those liars have to say, they brought us W Bush and I won't forget. There would be no Iraq War if the Greens weren't a bunch of ego whores, I do care about war Matt I just don't let my concern make me stupid.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

I'm writing in "NO WAR" on my ballot

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8783) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

The GOP and the 1% thank you for your support, and the victims of the next war started by the next W Bush that you allowed and welcomed into office stand in terror.

I have no doubt you will it was stupid shits that gave us W Bush and if there are enough this time we will get Jeb!

[-] 1 points by grapes (5047) 2 years ago

The American Bald Eagle on the Great Seal of the United States clutches 13 arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other. It means either WAR or PEACE - NO WAR is definitely not an option because the condition of NO WAR is not an active peace.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

piece of crap symbolism

[-] 2 points by factsrfun (8783) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

like writing "NO WAR" on the ballot

[-] 1 points by grapes (5047) 2 years ago

I don't think that our populace would go for the American Bald Eagle clutching 13 BROKEN arrows in one claw to signify NO WAR. Neither would they go for a 40-pound gigantic Chicken although the U.S. has the most numerous chicken flock in the whole world. That would seem ridiculous.

[-] 0 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

Write in "NO WAR" for president.

[-] 2 points by grapes (5047) 2 years ago

Isn't "NO WAR" already presiding over the U.S. efforts in Iraq and Syria? The U.S. cannot trust its troops not to commit war crimes so they had been pulled out completely from Iraq as planned and promised. The U.S. did not intervene in Syria's war, either. There are only "policing actions" there.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 2 years ago

there is a government in Iraq supported by the US

the US bombs those that don't acknowledge that government as ruling

[-] 1 points by grapes (5047) 2 years ago

The bombing targets acknowledge the Baghdad government as ruling but they do not acknowledge its legitimacy over the territories required for the expansion of the caliphate.

The U.S. was fighting to preserve a colonial conglomerate of Kurds, Shi'ites, and Sunnis held together by Saddam Hussein's iron fist (poison gas for Kurds and crushing the southern Iraq Shia uprising). It was a losing battle. We used to frown upon the Kurds for trying to split away from Iraq but Kurdistan did pretty well autonomously without Baghdad's ruling. Kurds turned out to be very effective defending Kurdish enclaves against the onslaught. David Petraeus led the Surge which was successful but all of the stabilization has now been squandered. Let the dead in Fallujah lie dead in vain. There is no long-term success possible going against millennia-old divisions.

We did the same for Vietnam - NO WAR and evacuated. Hey, Vietnam has opened up to the U.S. Maybe not inhaling the cannabis peace smoke was sufficient resistance against "Communism" which was really Nationalism.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33306) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

So . . . . promote something good.