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Should Election Day be a national holiday?

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Should Election Day be a national holiday?
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No 8 33%
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Someone in my history class brought this up. He stated having a national holiday would heavily benefit those who are stuck at work/school and don't have an opportunity to vote on Election Day. I thought it over a little bit. I understand you can cast an early ballot but I don't think many 19 year olds like myself find that to be too attractive of an idea.This surely nothing to sneeze at. What do you guys think?

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Post #1   10/4/12 5:03:48PM   

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You should also make all opening days for sports holidays too

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the Monday after the SuperBowl needs to be a holiday way more than election day.

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My answer is no, and here's why.

I like the idea that you actually have to go out of your way to vote. You have to plan ahead to some extent, and can easily fill out an absentee ballot if you know you won't be able to vote on election day. If someone can't figure this out, I don't think their vote should count towards something that affects the rest of us.

A crazy statistic I saw years ago was that rain actually dramatically cuts the amount of people that come out to vote. If you're too afraid of rain to voice an opinion that could shape the direction of a nation, I'd be thrilled if you didn't vote at all.

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Posted by Svartorm

My answer is no, and here's why.

I like the idea that you actually have to go out of your way to vote. You have to plan ahead to some extent, and can easily fill out an absentee ballot if you know you won't be able to vote on election day. If someone can't figure this out, I don't think their vote should count towards something that affects the rest of us.

A crazy statistic I saw years ago was that rain actually dramatically cuts the amount of people that come out to vote. If you're too afraid of rain to voice an opinion that could shape the direction of a nation, I'd be thrilled if you didn't vote at all.




Well said. I say yes simply because I think of election day as like a Fourth of July type of day, just the embodiment of what the nation stands for. I see your point, and it's well made. The stupid vote is overwhelming IQ tests should be mandatory for anyone who wants to participate in the democratic process.

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I'm a lazy american that doesn't vote but if I can get a paid day off work, I'll vote for that and my vote would be YES

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Posted by pmoney
IQ tests should be mandatory for anyone who wants to participate in the democratic process.


Please institute this when you run for office. Then push this onto whatever fool is running Canada, or even start with a fool running a province

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Posted by pmoney
IQ tests should be mandatory for anyone who wants to participate in the democratic process.


Please institute this when you run for office. Then push this onto whatever fool is running Canada, or even start with a fool running a province


Canadian politics??????

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Posted by Svartorm

My answer is no, and here's why.

I like the idea that you actually have to go out of your way to vote. You have to plan ahead to some extent, and can easily fill out an absentee ballot if you know you won't be able to vote on election day. If someone can't figure this out, I don't think their vote should count towards something that affects the rest of us.

A crazy statistic I saw years ago was that rain actually dramatically cuts the amount of people that come out to vote. If you're too afraid of rain to voice an opinion that could shape the direction of a nation, I'd be thrilled if you didn't vote at all.




Well said. I say yes simply because I think of election day as like a Fourth of July type of day, just the embodiment of what the nation stands for. I see your point, and it's well made. The stupid vote is overwhelming IQ tests should be mandatory for anyone who wants to participate in the democratic process.




As much as people like to talk about the right to vote and all that, the original concept was that only people that owned land could vote. Hence that you had a residence and were allowed to vote in that election for your area. The underlying tone was that women, minorities, and stupid people wouldn't be allowed to affect an election because they could never own land.

Obviously it was flawed logic to an extent, but I wish inteliligence did factor into it.

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Posted by Svartorm

My answer is no, and here's why.

I like the idea that you actually have to go out of your way to vote. You have to plan ahead to some extent, and can easily fill out an absentee ballot if you know you won't be able to vote on election day. If someone can't figure this out, I don't think their vote should count towards something that affects the rest of us.

A crazy statistic I saw years ago was that rain actually dramatically cuts the amount of people that come out to vote. If you're too afraid of rain to voice an opinion that could shape the direction of a nation, I'd be thrilled if you didn't vote at all.



While I agree many people in this country are apathetic towards politics, I don't think you are correct here.

The idea of making it more difficult and bureaucratic to vote defeats the purpose of voting being our most basic, fundamental right as an American citizen. A national holiday wouldn't simply give everyone an excuse to vote, it would give us a reason to celebrate the ability to vote, which we should be doing. Many people don't vote because it can be a huge pain in the ass if you have a crazy work schedule, or strenuous family obligations. I understand your logic, that these are the types of people who shouldn't vote because they don't really know what they are voting for to begin with, but that logic goes against the concept of a democracy, where everyone has a voice, not just those in the know.

If we were to celebrate our rights, like we do for the 4th of July, or Labor Day, that will make people more conscious of their rights, and give them more time to think and reflect on their opportunity.

I think a national holiday would be a great idea.

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