Don't some countries already do this? It seems to me that, in order to better insure that voters can get to the polls, a government holiday would be a good idea. This would only go for the traditional November Tuesday. Currently law provides that employers must grant time for their workers to vote but this doesn't take away all obstacles to do so. It would seem to me that those working and paying taxes might have as much or more difficulty finding time to vote as those who are not employed. Could this be a disadvantage? I suppose it could.
I consider at least three current holidays as disposable...those being President's Day, MLK day and even Labor Day. Presidents Day and MLK day tend to be optional depending on state and local decisions but Labor Day is not. What I might consider is to drop President's Day and MLK Day and create something of a Constitution Day that would be devoted to teaching those principles of our government and its founding. This would include those who shaped the Constitution and those challenges to its completeness of purpose such as civil rights issues, etc. This could become our November voting day and just might take away some of the political and media contention that leads up to it and replace that with positives. Perhaps doing such might re-instill some pride in our representative system rather than just lead to poor mouthing it.
I'd do away with Labor Day as a national non-working day. Let local government chose how to celebrate it. We don't all need a day off. It's a misnomer, IMO, and has just become to define end of Summer in northern areas and determine when to close swimming pools.
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