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Playinghardball

(11,665 posts)
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 01:43 PM Nov 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a bill to designate "Democracy Day

Make Election Day a National Holiday

Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a bill to designate "Democracy Day" as a national election holiday to make it easier for Americans to vote.

Nationwide, preliminary indications are that the total turnout for the 2014 elections was only 36.6 percent, according to the United States Elections Project at the University of Florida.

In America, we should be celebrating our democracy and doing everything possible to make it easier for people to participate in the political process. Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy.

We should not be satisfied with a "democracy" in which more than 60 percent of our people don't vote and some 80 percent of young people and low-income Americans fail to vote. We can and must do better than that. While we must also focus on campaign finance reform and public funding of elections, establishing an Election Day holiday would be an important step forward.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/democracyday

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a bill to designate "Democracy Day (Original Post) Playinghardball Nov 2014 OP
I been saying this since I came home from the war madokie Nov 2014 #1
I love the idea! Rex Nov 2014 #2
That's a wonderful thing, but the ones who need to vote won't be given a holiday. Autumn Nov 2014 #3
My thoughts exactly ... 1StrongBlackMan Nov 2014 #16
FYI: If you follow the link in the OP Sweet Freedom Nov 2014 #4
Why not expand the days of voting? Vote from Saturday to Tuesday. Or for a week? . . . Journeyman Nov 2014 #5
while that would be nice angrychair Nov 2014 #17
If Sanders is going to wish for ponies, let him at least wish for useful horse shit. . . Journeyman Nov 2014 #18
Finally n/t btrflykng9 Nov 2014 #6
Vote-By-Mail 99th_Monkey Nov 2014 #7
Completely agree. ProSense Nov 2014 #30
Sounds great, but, the Oligarchs will never allow it, HoosierRadical Nov 2014 #8
Poor Barney... jmowreader Nov 2014 #9
it'll have to be a Monday so people can have a long weekend rurallib Nov 2014 #10
Democratic controlled states should go ahead and make this a state holiday. n/t ieoeja Nov 2014 #11
K&R woo me with science Nov 2014 #12
Absolutely! Waiting For Everyman Nov 2014 #13
petition signed angrychair Nov 2014 #14
Sounds good to me badtoworse Nov 2014 #15
Long overdue. Moondog Nov 2014 #19
This has been needed for AGES!! theHandpuppet Nov 2014 #20
If cheapskate GOP object to "another" federal holiday, move it to coincide with Columbus Day Las Vegas Mixx Nov 2014 #21
Or Veterans' Day LeftInTX Nov 2014 #22
+1,000,000,000!!!! If we want our Democracy back, we have to take it! Dustlawyer Nov 2014 #23
Then they could move Veteran's Day so it wouldn't be so close Reter Nov 2014 #24
Run Bernie Run!!!!! TheNutcracker Nov 2014 #25
Love it... and beginning to love HIM. K and R n/t Smarmie Doofus Nov 2014 #26
Only if it's a "real" holiday Freddie Nov 2014 #27
nice gesture but too late. kentuck Nov 2014 #28
My state went to all vote-by-mail a few years ago. lumberjack_jeff Nov 2014 #29
I used to get off Election Day then about 20-25 years ago LiberalElite Nov 2014 #31

Autumn

(45,173 posts)
3. That's a wonderful thing, but the ones who need to vote won't be given a holiday.
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 01:49 PM
Nov 2014

A couple of hours without pay off is about the size of it and under pressure to hurry back to work, I'm talking about the service industry jobs.

 

1StrongBlackMan

(31,849 posts)
16. My thoughts exactly ...
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 04:32 PM
Nov 2014

I think the "better" solution would be having the polls open 24/7 for up to a week. That is if we're married to in person voting.

Sweet Freedom

(3,995 posts)
4. FYI: If you follow the link in the OP
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 02:20 PM
Nov 2014

It takes you to a petition where you can support the idea.

If you all agree, go sign it!

Journeyman

(15,084 posts)
5. Why not expand the days of voting? Vote from Saturday to Tuesday. Or for a week? . . .
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 02:47 PM
Nov 2014

Permit mail-in voting. Provide more voting booths each day, to ensure everyone has the opportunity without a six hour wait.

But most importantly, put the kibosh to voter suppression, and make the process as easy as possible for everyone.

What good's a national holiday for voting when you're barred from participating by draconian rules and stifling regulations?

Maybe Sanders should pull his head out of fantasy civics beliefs and confront the realities so many millions must contend with before they ever get a ballot in their hand.

angrychair

(8,895 posts)
17. while that would be nice
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 04:32 PM
Nov 2014

Those things are not/cannot happen at the federal level. Want to change those things? Almost all of you demands are impossible to do at the federal level. Support Democrats at the local and state level. The only way that is happening is to change red legislatures to blue. Governorships to blue.

 

99th_Monkey

(19,326 posts)
7. Vote-By-Mail
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 03:26 PM
Nov 2014

another way to get to the same end.

Voter participation in Oregon '14 Mid-term Election = 70%

AND we stayed solid Blue, US Senator Merkley re-elected, Dem. Governor Kitzhauber re-elected, etc..

Easy-peasy.

ProSense

(116,464 posts)
30. Completely agree.
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 11:22 AM
Nov 2014

Do they ever consider that some people simply hate going to polling stations?

Vote by mail needs to be a national standard.

HoosierRadical

(390 posts)
8. Sounds great, but, the Oligarchs will never allow it,
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 03:30 PM
Nov 2014

plus I don't know if voter turnout would increase, let's be honest, if people really cared about voting, they would make it a priority.

jmowreader

(50,752 posts)
9. Poor Barney...
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 03:54 PM
Nov 2014

1. Nationwide mail-in voting.

2. Instant dissolution of corporate charter, confiscation of all corporate assets, and five years' imprisonment for all officers, and any rank-and-file employee involved, for ANY business caught accepting, demanding or trading for goods or services their customers' blank ballots. (Does anyone think that if we had nationwide mail-in voting, we also wouldn't see the "finance for the unbanked" outfits like buy-here-pay-here car lots and payday loan sharks offer to erase people's late fees in exchange for their ballots?)

3. Public financing of all elections.

4. Restrict Campaign Season to the six weeks prior to election day.

5. All campaign ads must name the candidate they are supporting or attacking.

6. Candidates must use public funding for their radio, television, newspaper and internet advertising and postage for mailed ads, and they'll be limited as to the amount they're allowed to run. They may seek donations to fund billboards, yard signs, bumper stickers, transit wraps, skywriting and towed banners, cards on shopping carts, handbills nailed to telephone poles, kiosks, bus stop ads or other posters.

theHandpuppet

(19,964 posts)
20. This has been needed for AGES!!
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 04:52 PM
Nov 2014

Thank you, Bernie Sanders! A voice of sanity in the wilderness.

I've signed the petition.

Las Vegas Mixx

(310 posts)
21. If cheapskate GOP object to "another" federal holiday, move it to coincide with Columbus Day
Fri Nov 7, 2014, 09:06 PM
Nov 2014
http://hypercube.us/forum/national-news-and-opinion/support-creation-of-democracy-day-federal-holiday-)to-replace-columbus-day*/

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/democracyday

"In America, we should be celebrating our democracy and doing everything possible to make it easier for people to participate in the political process. Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy," the progressive senator said in a statement.

Turnout in Tuesday's elections clocked in at a paltry 37 percent, compared to about 41 percent in 2010, according to data from the United States Elections Project. If that projection holds, it would be the lowest voter turnout since 1942.


Although the USA has far fewer vacation days and public holidays than other nations (the hypocritical Republican Congress is on perpetual vacation), if cheapskate Republicans object to another federal holiday, just move Democracy Day and voting to coincide with Columbus Day in October.

Dustlawyer

(10,502 posts)
23. +1,000,000,000!!!! If we want our Democracy back, we have to take it!
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 09:32 AM
Nov 2014

We can't just bitch about things we have to throw our support 100% behind Bernie and demand all of this stuff, you know, fight for our Democracy? They will not just give it back to us, they have been waging an organized, well planned war! We have to march, protest, write letters to the editor, politicians...

 

Reter

(2,188 posts)
24. Then they could move Veteran's Day so it wouldn't be so close
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 09:37 AM
Nov 2014

There are some months without any holidays. Maybe move it back to like June?

Freddie

(9,338 posts)
27. Only if it's a "real" holiday
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 11:16 AM
Nov 2014

Like Memorial Day when virtually all non-retail places are closed, and not a pseudo-holiday like Veterans Day when only banks and the post office is closed and it's just another day for everyone else. And enshrine in the law that any employer that is open (retail, hospitals) MUST give employees time off or a short work day so they can vote. Fat chance this ever happening.

kentuck

(111,302 posts)
28. nice gesture but too late.
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 11:20 AM
Nov 2014

No Repub would ever vote for it. Put it on the agenda for whenever Democrats control the House again. Probably not in my lifetime.

 

lumberjack_jeff

(33,224 posts)
29. My state went to all vote-by-mail a few years ago.
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 11:22 AM
Nov 2014

I hate it.

Voting, in a polling place, is about as close as I get to the feeling that most people get in church. As rituals go, it's the most meaningful thing that americans do.

I think it's a great idea, but I'm unconvinced that making it a holiday would encourage people to vote. It's easier to vote when the kids are in school, for instance.

LiberalElite

(14,691 posts)
31. I used to get off Election Day then about 20-25 years ago
Sat Nov 8, 2014, 11:23 AM
Nov 2014

it was cut to a half day, then two hours off, then nothing.

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