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Should Election Day be a federal holiday?
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Voter turnout in America typically lags behind other developed nations, and the last general election was no different. Some folks blame the timing of Election Day, others say Americans simply aren't motivated to accommodate their busy schedulesregardless if Election Day was a federal holiday.

Voter turnout dipped from 62.3 percent of eligible citizens voting in 2008 to an estimated 57.5 in 2012. That figure was also below the 60.4 level of the 2004 election but higher than the 54.2 percent turnout in the 2000 election.
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"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" perfectly sums up the stupidity of having Election Day on some arbitrary Tuesday for 19th century reasons. The end result is that it makes it difficult for most Americans to vote and creates barriers of entry at every turn:

"Holy shit. All the wait times of Disney World, all the fun of the fucking DMV."
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And yet, there's several good reasons why we shouldn't change Election Day. Don't be so quick to fix a problem that can be easily solved just by trying harder to get to the polls and performing your civic duty.

  1. Declaring Election Day a federal holiday would have a huge impact on our economy.
  2. The cost of maintaining polling stations on a holiday would go up significantly, as it's likely states would have to increase polling stations, hire more officials and/or possibly expand early voting to accommodate the influx of voters.
  3. Many states already offer early voting and mail-in ballots, so this is just an excuse that places a high financial burden on the government.
  4. Any change to Election Day would disproportionately favor the Democrats.
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Nonsense, this is a democracy! And we, the people, want Election Day to be a federal holiday!

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That's not true. Not everyone is for the shift. It's not that hard to vote. C'mon, people!

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And we all know who this would really help... the Democrats.

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And who would this even help? Making Election Day a holiday just means more low-income people are going to have to work to offset the increase activity from middle class and white collar workers taking an extended holiday for vacation or shopping.

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Plus, evidence suggests that making it easier to vote doesn't necessarily increase voter turnout:

Rather than stimulating the unengaged, who are relatively deficient in political and economic resources, reforms to make voting easier mostly serve to keep existing voters voting. Thus, any slight increase in turnout works by ensuring that politically engaged voters continue to come to polls election after election. Nonvoters are left behind. Without engaging this segment of the US public, turnout will remain low.
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