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Should election day be a national holiday? Show more Show less
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Election Day in the United States has occurred on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November ever since President John Tyler signed an 1845 law establishing a specific voting day for the entire country. But, the US has a voter turnout problem. Would making Election Day a federal holiday increase voter turnout and celebrate democracy? Or is it an optimistic power grab for Democrats that would hurt the economy?

No, election day should not be a national holiday Show more Show less

American does not need another national holiday. It will simultaneously drain taxpayer dollars and hurt businesses who can not afford to pay their workers for time off. At the end of the day, making election day a national holiday benefits nobody but Democratic politicians.
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There are better solutions to increase voter turnout

Solutions such as automatic voter registration, same-day registration, early voting, and voter outreach would all improve voter participation more reliably than a national holiday. Trying one of these alternatives would avoid the negative economic impact of closing businesses for Election Day.
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The Argument

Election day should not be turned into a national holiday because there are better solutions to address the voter turnout problem. Turning election day into a federal holiday is neither the most cost-effective nor the most effective way to solve any of the issues regarding voting in America. There is agreement among political analysts that there is no evidence-based off individual states that provide an election day holiday for state employees that such holidays increase voter turnout.[1] Rather, the single most effective way to increase voter turnout would be to employ universal voter registration. Universal voter registration would modernize the voter registration process and ensure that everybody who was eligible to vote would automatically be able to do so. [2] This would cut the hassle of getting registered to vote and exponentially increase the convenience of voting. To increase voter turnout we should be doing things that make it convenient for everybody to vote, like universal registration. Implementing a national election day would only make voting more convenient for some people. An election day holiday is not an effective strategy to increase voter turnout, therefore it is unnecessary.

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Election day should be made into a national holiday because the costs outweigh the benefits. Turning elections day into a holiday may not be the number one most effective way to increase voter turnout, but it will still help. An election day holiday alongside other strategies is the best way to increase turnout. There is no end all be all solution that will increase voter turnout; local and federal governments need to use and implement a plethora of strategies to do so. An election day holiday is one such strategy that will contribute towards the goal of increasing voter turnout.

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  1. https://gceps.princeton.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/181farber.pdf
  2. https://www.fairvote.org/universal_voter_registration
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