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Make Election Day a Federal Holiday

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Establishing Election Day as a Federal Holiday would immediately free all Federal employees to vote without missing work, and would pressure other employers (both private and public) to follow suit.

The Federal government cannot establish a paid holiday for anyone other than Federal employees, but it's clear that other employers take their cues on holidays from the Federal government.
Supporters: William Hughes, Taylor Morgan, Nathan Bouscal, Christopher Thomas, Chris Wooten, David Sauter
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    David Sauter

    David Sauter / November 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM EST

    Only downside to this is childcare. That said so long as voting lines were friendly to mothers with five kids in tow it should be OK.

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    Problem The voter turnout rate is very low.
    The voter turnout in the 2010 federal elections was less than 42%. As the majority of eligible voters do not vote, the majority of the democratic power in the US is concentrated in the far wings of the political spectrum that are politically motivated enough to vote. Furthermore, those types of people are the most receptive to the hard-line party propaganda that limits support for bipartisan cooperation.
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