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Why isn't election day a national holiday?

Seriously, can you think of anything more deserving.

A national day of celebrating our civic duty.  Ensuring all Americans have the chance to vote.  Universal suffrage means that everyone should have an equal opportunity to vote, regardless of social background, employment status, or political affiliation.

Make election day a national holiday and enroll ALL voters in the voter rolls.  Why do we as citizens have to register to vote.  It is archaic, unfair, and a undue burden.  We should all be accepted as eligible to vote unless the state can prove otherwise.  Not the other way around.  Enroll all eligible voters and the only action needed by citizens should be informing the local election department of an address change.

Of course these things will never happen.  Making voting easy for all Americans is in direct conflict with a major party in the country who is actively trying to disenfranchise and discourage voters from the hard fought rights.

/rant

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    The world will end not with a bang, but with a "Do'oh!"
    "America is a free speech zone."

    by Love and Death on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:22:56 PM PST

  •  You answered your own question. (0+ / 0-)

    Repubs would fight it every inch of the way.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:47:56 PM PST

  •  You maybe too young to know this (0+ / 0-)

    But Election Day used to be a National Holiday.  I'm a Baby Boomer and I remember that it was. I believe it changed in the 1980's or maybe right before that. Seems the corporate honcho's and the government felt it was now easy for people to get home and vote after a day of work than it was years before.  I also think it should be manditory for everyone eligable to vote unless they can't for religious reasons.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:01:40 PM PST

    •  hmmmm. (0+ / 0-)

      Another baby boomer here, and I don't remember Election Day EVER being a national holiday.  Nope, I don't think so.

      But I damn well DO THINK it should be.  And Rosalie, you and I agree totally, voting should be mandatory. Hell, paying your parking tickets is mandatory. Surely we can see that the civic duty of voting is more important, and demand it as we demand people pay their parking tickets, or pay a penalty.

      In Australia voting is mandatory, and turn out is on average around 90%.  This is the way it should be.  If we can say that citizens must pay their taxes, and their parking tickets, and that they must do SO many other things to assure a civil society, than why they hell not voting?

      Well, of course I know the answer to that. The republicans would rather sprout boils all over their bodies than to EVER consider the possibility of mandatory voting. That would put an end to their bullshit, and they'll never allow it.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:16:44 PM PST

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      •  I'm from NYC (1+ / 0-)
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        And I remember, school closed and being off that day and then when I started to work we always had that day off.  It would blow Republicons minds if it was a National Holiday so lets get it passed.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:25:00 PM PST

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        •  Probably a state thing. (0+ / 0-)

          Where I grew up, it never happened. And that brings up another thing. Why the hell aren't voting laws, including early voting, consistent across the nation?  They damn well should be. No excuse for this standing in line for hours bullshit. God, we look like a banana republic when you view all those pictures of folks in line in Florida.

          Absolutely disgusting for a country that is so want to call itself "exceptional," a country of so much wealth and resource.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:32:39 PM PST

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          •  Obama mentioned this (0+ / 0-)

            Last night in his Victory Speech.  I worked the polls yesterday in Brooklyn and our B of E is staffed by policial appointees, hacks and today I hear (although haven't yet read it that a local paper has an editorial about this.  

            Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

            by Rosalie907 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:23:40 AM PST

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  •  OK if you like drunks voting. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    IndyinDelaware

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:06:03 PM PST

  •  I say have election day on a Saturday like (1+ / 0-)
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    IndyinDelaware

    they figured out in the rest of the civilized world like 5 decades ago.  Here in the US we make everything too complicated: a messed up health care system, a maze-like tax system, an overly complex and inconvenient electoral system.  For once, could we learn by example from the rest of the world???

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