In case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll let you know that the presidential election is coming up on November 8. While many states offer options for voting, such as early voting and absentee voting, a great many of us will stand in line on November 8 to cast our ballot. That can sometimes cut into a work day, and because of that many people are proposing that we make election day a national holiday.
Beau C. Tremitiere, editor-in-chief of the Northwestern University Law Review, proposed making it a holiday for the following reason:
Voting on Tuesday was a good idea in the 1800s, when Wednesdays were market days, weekends were dedicated to worship, and farmers needed time to travel to and from their county seat’s election box. What began as an accommodation for farmers on horseback has since become an obstacle, real and symbolic, to democratic participation in America.
The demands of school and work schedules keep millions of Americans, especially those with children or long commutes, from ever getting to their polling stations. Countless other students and workers who do manage to cast their ballots would love to be even more involved in the process — whether by driving elderly neighbors to the polls, helping illiterate voters understand their ballots, or serving as a poll watcher to deter foul play — but can’t afford to skip class or take off a shift.
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