Making Election Day a Federal Holiday
Apparently State Senator Steve Hobbs , whose district is found entirely within Snohomish County, doesn't realize that Snohomish County is all vote-by-mail,* because he introduced a bill asking the federal ... via Sound Politics
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#1 Mar 1, 2008
Ha. This was actually my bill. I'm the seventeen year old high school student mentioned above.
The premise isn't just to give people the time to go vote, that's a misrepresentation you get just out of the text of the bill. You have to think a little deeper than that.
Yeah, in Washington state we have nearly all vote-by-mail, so needing time to go to the polls isn't a huge issue, okay, this is true.[Nevermind that this is, as many other people have said, is a petition to the Federal government.]
But, if voting day is truly as important as it is, given that it is indeed what we fought the Revolutionary War for, what celebrating July 4th is all about, it's a day worth recognition.
Far, far too many people devalue and underestimate the power of the vote, and do nothing when election day comes around. If the USFG were to at least circle the date on a calendar, draw some attention to it, tell the public "hey, this day is important enough to recognize, because of what it represents and because it's a day you should value," then that would have some effect on the public. How else would you propose the government tell citizens to vote?
Besides. On a state-by-state basis, virtually every state with Election Day being a state-wide holiday has significantly higher voter turnout rates then the states in the surrounding areas. It works, that's the important part.
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