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ADD YOUR NAME: Want to Help Us Make Election Day 2016 a Holiday?

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If President Obama took executive action and made Election Day 2016 a federal holiday, it would give thousands of workers the flexibility they need to get to the polls -- and help others in their families do the same.


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Robert Tomlinson (62)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 6:32 am
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We've looked into it: It would be completely, 100% legal for President Obama to do this. Presidents can declare one-time federal holidays for any reason they want. In the past, they've used this power to honor the passing of former presidents, or even to extend an extra long Christmas holiday to workers. So why not use this power to increase voter turnout and revitalize our democracy, if only for one year?
Here's why we think this experiment is necessary: Democracy in this country is in a death spiral. Because so many working Americans fail to vote, our government increasingly represents only the dedicated minority who do -- and when people feel like their "representatives" don't actually represent them, they become less willing to jump through hoops to cast their vote.

If we are going to get back to having a government that truly represents the American people, we need to break down the barriers that are keeping people from the ballot box -- and ending hectic work schedules on Election Day is key to making that happen.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 6:47 am
S&N, Thanks

Donna T (0)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 6:58 am
thank you

Robert B (55)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 7:12 am
Great idea!

Terry King (113)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 7:21 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 8:32 am
Signed and noted, thanks, Bob!

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 9:28 am
Signed-thx Robert

Sue H (7)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 9:31 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 10:22 am
Good idea...thanx Robert.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 10:25 am
Signed, thanks Robert.

Animae C (509)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 12:40 pm
25,768 signatures

Thanx Robert

JL A (281)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 1:58 pm
signed via email, noted; thanks for posting Robert

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday November 8, 2015, 4:06 pm
I signed, but I really don't think we need a whole holiday for it. If States allow the early voting that gives people the extra days they should be able to find time in there somewhere. Give people two weeks and shut up on who looks to be winning so votes are not swayed.

But as we have so few days off, unlike France and other places, sure give the working people a day off they are slaving for peanuts the rest of the year, maybe we could encourage them to become more politically involved in educating themselves as to what is going on; too many vote just following the crowd or who can afford to buy the most ads on TV.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 9, 2015, 1:37 am
Did twice sign---also noted with thanks Robert.

Darlene W (289)
Monday November 9, 2015, 4:58 am
Noted and signed--thank you Robert. Would be a lot easier for many people to vote doing this.

David C (75)
Monday November 9, 2015, 6:10 pm

Shirley S (187)
Monday November 9, 2015, 8:16 pm
N&S A paid holiday.
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