We’ve been hearing a lot about efforts to try and depress voter turnout, such as onerous voter ID laws. But how about plans to get even more people to the polls?
Congressmen Steve Israel of New York and John Larson of Connecticut have a way to make that happen. They want to change election day to election weekend. According to their proposal, polls would be open from 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month of November, and close at 6 p.m. on the first Sunday.
“As a representative democracy, voting is a fundamental responsibility for all Americans and the system should be as accessible as possible for as many as possible. Unfortunately, the system we have now was designed to meet our country’s needs over 160 years ago and it no longer makes any sense. It’s time we stop making people choose between exercising their responsibility to vote and meeting their everyday obligations,” stated Congressman Larson.
The Hill notes that Republicans have been unenthused about changing the rules because “the logistical hurdles of workday voting are traditionally more of a challenge to low-income and minority voters who usually favor Democrats at the polls.”
So what do you think? Is “election weekend” a good idea, or a bad one? Tell us in the comments.
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