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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:24 PM

 

Election Day should be a national holiday.

If we can have a day off for something as meaningless as New Years Day, we should have off for a day to vote.

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Reply Election Day should be a national holiday. (Original post)
matmar Jun 2012 OP
LeftofObama Jun 2012 #1
kenfrequed Jun 2012 #2
Posteritatis Jun 2012 #7
revolution breeze Jun 2012 #13
kenfrequed Jun 2012 #14
revolution breeze Jun 2012 #10
RebelOne Jun 2012 #3
tallahasseedem Jun 2012 #4
Nye Bevan Jun 2012 #5
revolution breeze Jun 2012 #8
Swede Atlanta Jun 2012 #6
Jake2413 Jun 2012 #9
revolution breeze Jun 2012 #11
Proud Liberal Dem Jun 2012 #12
Jake2413 Jun 2012 #18
Johnny Rico Jun 2012 #15
Posteritatis Jun 2012 #16
Jake2413 Jun 2012 #19
cherokeeprogressive Jun 2012 #17
L. Coyote Jun 2012 #20
DavidDvorkin Jun 2012 #21

Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:44 PM

1. I've said the same thing

time and time and time again!

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:50 PM

2. Or...

It could take place over a weekend to give everyone plenty of time to vote and to allow more people that work five days a week greater access to the polls.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:16 PM

7. Are employers not required to let their employees vote there or something?

Here they're required by law to give employees four consecutive, paid hours on election day if their schedule would possibly interfere with voting.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:43 PM

13. I actually lived in Louisiana and worked in Mississippi, about an hour commute.

If I was not able to vote before going to work, my boss always made sure I left work no later than 6 pm so I could get to the polls before they closed at 8. This was when I was in my 20s and I think his attitude really reinforced in me the importance of voting (as if having an activist mother wasn't enough of an influence).

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:00 PM

14. Yes

We have that as well in Minnesota as well as same day voting laws. We also have the highest voter turnout in the nation rather consistently.

I still think it could be better.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:35 PM

10. In Louisiana, we hold our elections on Saturday for Governor.

It doesn't help voter turnout. In the 2011 governors race, just over 30% of registered voters went to the polls, even with two full weeks of early voting. People always has an excuse: football game, opening day of deer season, a festival, etc......

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:51 PM

3. Well, it is to the school kids. n/t

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:59 PM

4. K&R

I completely agree!

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:06 PM

5. Vote by mail over a period of several days.

No polling places, no lines, no hassle.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:24 PM

8. When I lived in Washington, our county was totally vote by mail.

For the 2004 Govenor's election, I never received my ballot, and hubby received his on the ship the day before election day. I was able to go the the registrar's office and cast my vote but hubby was unable to vote in that election because there was no way it could be postmarked by election day (small ship, not part of a carrier battle group). And I like going to the polls, I always bring my children and give them a mini-civics lesson about the importance of being an informed voter.

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:12 PM

6. If we really want to have a democracy...........

then Election Day on the year of a Presidential contest should be a National Holiday OR elections should be held on a weekend.

In most European countries this is on a Sunday but heaven forbid we would get a ration of resistance from Xtians here.

But since we don't really take elections seriously here we have what we have.

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:29 PM

9. Agree 100%

And everyone should be required to vote.

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Response to Jake2413 (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:38 PM

11. Exactly

Less than half of the people in the United States who are eligible to vote actually do vote!

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Response to Jake2413 (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:38 PM

12. You mean.......

a mandate????

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:01 PM

18. Only if SCOTUS is ok with it

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Response to Jake2413 (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:09 PM

15. What penalty do you propose if someone fails to vote?

 

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Response to Johnny Rico (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:56 PM

16. A (very) token fine seems to work in Australia

Someone misses a vote, they're asked to explain why; there's acceptable outs such as illness or religious objection, etc., and if one of those isn't provided then the voter's fined twenty dollars.

They had a ninety-four percent turnout for their last election.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:15 PM

19. Yes, a small fine would do

if there are not extenuating circumstances. I think I read Britain has a fine as well, like 25 Pounds

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:20 PM

17. Unpaid.

Unless you can prove you voted, that is.

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:16 PM

20. Ditto that

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Response to matmar (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:46 PM

21. If Obama wins, I'm gonna take the next day off from work!

Oh, wait. I'm retired.

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