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Thu Feb 16, 2017, 11:43 PM

California bill would make Election Day a state holiday

Source: San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTO Many Californians would no longer have to worry about squeezing a trip to the polls into their working day if a bill proposed by a Silicon Valley-area lawmaker becomes law.

Assembly Bill 674, from Evan Low, D-Cupertino, would make November general elections a holiday for schools and state workers as a way to boost voter turnout. Private businesses would not be required to close, but Low said he hoped many would choose to give their employees the day off.

I think this will ensure that more people will be able to participate in the electoral process, Low said in an interview Thursday.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/16/california-bill-would-make-election-day-a-state-holiday/

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Reply California bill would make Election Day a state holiday (Original post)
alp227 Feb 16 OP
still_one Feb 16 #1
SleeplessinSoCal Feb 17 #12
still_one Feb 17 #19
tenorly Feb 16 #2
calimary Feb 17 #13
Hortensis Feb 17 #25
tenorly Feb 17 #26
Hortensis Feb 17 #29
tenorly Feb 17 #30
Hekate Feb 16 #3
Retrograde Feb 16 #4
Doreen Feb 17 #6
Midnight Writer Feb 17 #15
Doreen Feb 17 #24
global1 Feb 17 #9
Silver Gaia Feb 17 #11
Retrograde Feb 17 #16
C Moon Feb 17 #5
ProudLib72 Feb 17 #7
global1 Feb 17 #8
cstanleytech Feb 17 #10
Retrograde Feb 17 #17
cstanleytech Feb 17 #18
alp227 Feb 18 #34
cstanleytech Feb 18 #35
halobeam Feb 17 #14
BumRushDaShow Feb 17 #20
Nitram Feb 17 #21
Nitram Feb 17 #22
MichMan Feb 17 #27
Nitram Feb 19 #37
MichMan Feb 19 #39
IntraPolitico Feb 17 #23
MichMan Feb 17 #28
Blue Idaho Feb 17 #31
marlakay Feb 17 #32
threethirteen Feb 17 #33
Rhiannon12866 Feb 18 #36
nocalflea Feb 19 #38

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 11:45 PM

1. California makes voting absentee extremely easy also

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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:07 AM

12. which is a major reason it takes weeks to tally. n/t

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Response to SleeplessinSoCal (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:03 AM

19. I have no problem with that, because they insure that every vote counts

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 11:45 PM

2. California showing the way once again.

And in this case, by following the example of most of the rest of the developed world - and many developing countries - that have made their federal election days a national holiday (or hold these on a Sunday) for decades.

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Response to tenorly (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:14 AM

13. Yes indeedy!

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Response to tenorly (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:24 PM

25. Yes! Election Day SHOULD be a national holiday.

One day in the middle of the typical workweek to honor and focus on it with ceremonies, concerts and picnics in public squares and parks, parades and plays full of local children showing off what they're learning about being citizens in a democratic republic. And so on.

Hope it passes.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #25)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:44 PM

26. Republicans would rather sacrifice a first-born and let their mistresses have the baby than allow it

Then again, most of them probably already have. I need more examples.

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Response to tenorly (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:50 PM

29. I remember when hard-core conservative usually

meant hard-core patriot. Many of their faults were all too obvious and obnoxious, but I never ever suspected their patriotism and pride in how they saw America was something that could be turned on by one leader and turned off by another.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:52 PM

30. Same here.

Now it just means hateful misanthrope and/or sociopath.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 11:46 PM

3. KnR

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 11:57 PM

4. Given that over half of Californians

vote either early or by mail, this seems more like grandstanding than a practical idea. We already can vote 30 days in advance, and request mail-in ballots (and some counties already pay the postage - including the one Mr. Low represents (which had an 83% turnout in the last election, BTW)). A holiday isn't going to increase turnout, given the already low obstacles to voting.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:13 AM

6. Well, If people have the day off they could set up

huge voting parties. Snacks and prizes for both adults and kids. Bring your ballots here and fill them out and put them in the voting box and enjoy. People usually enjoy parties and if widely advertised ahead of time that might work. Make it very clear that it is not meant for one candidate or another because it is just a voting party. Just a thought.

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Response to Doreen (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:38 AM

15. Exactly! Fairs and live shows and food festivals. Let's make voting an event. I like it.

Draw folk out to an event (like a music fest) and then having voting facilities available.

Sounds good to me.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 11:31 AM

24. Like I said though we need ALL parties feel welcome.

This is about getting people to vote period not vote for a certain person or party.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:28 AM

9. Lighten Up Retrograde.....

take a bow for being a Californian and putting this out there. It could snowball into happening all around the country.

See my other post in this thread about the possible great outcomes that can result if California pulls this off.

My hats off to your State!!!!

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:37 AM

11. I agree! And as a Californian, I will be happy to see us lead the way!

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 03:37 AM

16. The proposed law only affects state employees

and students. Most of the voters don't fall into those categories. I'd rather see the state go to all mail-in voting, but we already have provisions making it possible for people to vote prior to election day. I sincerely doubt a holiday is going to get more people to participate when a month-long early voting process doesn't.

As for other states, they would do well to adopt California's - or even Oregon's - procedures.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:08 AM

5. That's awesome! Election day bbq's, election day Twilight zone marathons, election day celebrations!

Love it!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:20 AM

7. It' a very good idea

for the rest of the country. Cali, however, doesn't even need it. I just hope their example is followed by other states.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:25 AM

8. Every Blue State Should Follow California's Lead On This And Do The Same.....

It accomplishes four things:

1. It makes it easy for people to get out and vote

2. It is an great rebut to all the voter suppression tricks that the Repugs pull

3. It puts pressure on the Repug states to do the same or they would be made to look like they don't want people to vote

4. It could put pressure on Congress then to make Presidential Election Day a national holiday


We need to encourage this around the country. This is such a great move on the part of California


Kudos to Californian!!!!!!

I encourage all DU'ers here to K&R this thread. Let's get the ball rolling around the country.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 12:34 AM

10. They need to setup the voting so its over a 2 week period imo.

The votes are not counted until the final day but the casting of them is stretched out for 2 weeks that way you make it difficult for any company to deliberately schedule its workers so they wont have the time to vote.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 03:40 AM

17. We already have that, and have had for years

Early voting in California starts a month before a general election day. In addition, all voters in California can request mail-in ballots, or elect to become permanent mail-in voters.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 04:46 AM

18. I'm talking about the polling stations, they should set them up for 2 weeks. nt

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 01:41 AM

34. Good luck getting schools to commit TWO WEEKS.

Again, CA voters who want to do it early can do so by mail, including drop offs at county offices or designated places.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #34)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 02:21 AM

35. I honestly dont see a problem with it as they wouldnt need to set aside as large an area as they do

currently for the people wanting to vote.
All it would take would be a single classroom or even a trailer or tent.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 02:22 AM

14. We need paper ballots only.

We need redistricting. We need to shut down CrossCheck. We need independent oversight for all of this. We were hacked top and down the ticket. How can any sane person believe in the integrity of their vote after all that has happened?

It's great that California is looking to make it a state holiday, it's needed too, but I think the order in addressing what needs to be done for the next election is a bit screwed up.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 07:40 AM

20. Philly used to have it as a holiday years ago

but that was taken away when they went from 17 holidays to the standard (federal) 10. They really need to consider it nationwide. Maybe replace Columbus Day with Election Day (for the general) if there is an insistence on capping holidays at 10.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 09:59 AM

21. It should be declared a federral holiday, too.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 10:01 AM

22. You know, I love this idea. but I worry people will take a vacation instead of voting.

We should follow the lead of a few other countries and make voting required by law for every eligible citizen.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:47 PM

27. So arrest or fine them if they don't vote ? n/m

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Response to MichMan (Reply #27)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 12:57 AM

37. A fine will do. It's a civic duty that every citizen is required to do.

Get a day off to vote and it becomes your duty to vote on that day. Or else just let the Repubs whittle down the liberal electorate to nothing.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #37)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 09:38 AM

39. Maybe you could even garnish SS checks of seniors and the disabled?

Can't believe anyone would be in favor of fining people for exercising their right not to vote. Frankly, there are a lot of people that are uninformed enough that maybe shouldn't be voting.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 10:55 AM

23. Great news!

We are in dire need of a holiday!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:49 PM

28. Wonder how many would plan other activities instead of voting ?

I wonder what % of people given the day off as a holiday, would plan leisure activities instead of voting ?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 06:53 PM

31. Now they just need to make releasing taxes a prerequisit

Of getting on a primary ballot. No disclosure - no campaign in the golden state.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 08:05 PM

32. I think this would make it harder for a lot

Of people. Parents who could use kids at school as a time to vote would lose that and kids are not going to stand patiently in line for hours.

I agree with the person who said all mail in for entire state with easy drop off boxes at libraries that charge no stamps.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2017, 08:28 PM

33. Eh, people are still gonna want to get their coffee, shop, and go out to eat.

And those are the peeps that need the day off to vote.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 04:31 AM

36. K&R! Excellent idea!

And I agree that election day should be a national holiday, anything to improve voter turnout. :fistbump;

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 05:29 AM

38. home sweet home

'bout damn time

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