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Las Vegas Mixx

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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.

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
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