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Voting should be a national holiday to expand access and give people less of an excuse to not vote. It's absurd that people have to decide between working an extra two hours (or however long it takes them to get from their area of work to their polling area) and deciding who is going to lead them and the country.

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Should we make Election Day a national holiday?

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  •  Holiday: Drunk voting is never a good idea. ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 01:59:20 PM PDT

  •  Heck, just do it on a Saturday... (1+ / 0-)
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    GregOrr

    that will boost turn-out quite a bit.

    It's not always easy to work a full day and still find time to go stand in line at the polls.

    Couple that with aggressive vote-by-mail...... and with a little work, vote-by-internet wouldn't be a stretch.... and you'll have a whole lot of people voting who don't now.

    Of course, that's exactly what the Repugs HATE, and what they are fighting tooth-and-nail against.

    Cheers.

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 02:51:04 PM PDT

    •  Internet Voting (0+ / 0-)

      It'd probably be safer than other forms of voting and get a lot more people voting. We should set up an R&D program on internet voting right now with every expectation that it'll be implemented once it's ready to go. It must be possible, no?

      •  Internet voting's problem is auditability.... (0+ / 0-)

        because there isn't any 'paper ballot' to rely on for re-counts.

        To see how important this factor is, take a look at what likely happened in Ohio in 2004, where there were no paper ballots, only electronic records. Obviously, nothing has been proven, but the anecdotal evidence - coupled with the high level of motivation on the part of Republicans - is strongly suggestive of electronic manipulation of the voting totals in many counties in Ohio.

        Here in Los Angeles County, we use a numbered paper ballot marked with ink. As a former election inspector, I am aware that there are ways to possibly tamper with the vote totals, but since the counting at the precinct is done publicly, it would take a rather large conspiracy (amongst most likely total strangers) to effect a very minor (and readily challengable) swing in a precinct's vote total.

        And those paper ballots, once their number is reconciled with the number of voters, are auditable and re-countable ad infinitum. The margin of error is really very small, as is the opportunity for manipulation.

        I think that any internet-based voting system would still require a 'machine' in a central location that would print out a paper ballot. Otherwise, your vote exists only as a small pattern of bits stored in a database somewhere.

        And as a database developer and data analyst, I can state authoritatively that you do NOT want people like me (no, not me specifically, but people with my capabilities, less my ethics) anywhere NEAR your pattern of bits in a database.

        Having said all that, it could be done, and would be VERY cost-effective: a system like this would scale up quite nicely, and with voting occurring over a long period of time - say a month - the system wouldn't have to be awfully powerful or consume much bandwidth, either.

        Of course, this is WAY to logical a solution to our rather creaky - and error-prone - system.

        Suffice it to say that any election decided by less than 2% is well within the margin of error, and beyond any possibility of conclusively determining a winner.

        Cheers.

        Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

        by databob on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 03:37:55 PM PDT

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  •  Been saying that for years.... (1+ / 0-)
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    GregOrr

    Election Day should be one of the most important holidays of the year.

  •  I think it should be (0+ / 0-)

    a designated 4-day holiday every 2 years. With voting booths open throughout (and through the week prior, of course). Always wondered why they didn't schedule voting on Sunday/holiday, or make election day a holiday. Now that there's early voting in most states, it should be a regular big deal 4-day'er. With a title that reminds everyone of why it exists, and where their civic duty lies.

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