For years the American people have not been too enthusiastic about their duty to vote……we can blame lots of things for this trend……distrust, only 2 parties, no attractive candidate, apathy…..on and on….but when we are talking about the general election for the president of the United states….we are talking about the first Tuesday in November…..and that is part of the problem, in my opinion.
Polls open when most people are headed to work and close when people are trying to get home after a dreadful day at the office….kids, work, relationships, etc all keep people from the polls…in other words life keeps them from voting. Can there be a solution found for this problem?
I think there is a pretty good shot to fixing this problem…….
Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Rep. John Larson (D-CT) have introduced legislation that would let Americans vote on the first full weekend in November instead of the first Tuesday, ABC News reports.
“Tuesday was chosen as Election Day in 1845, when Congress decreed it the most convenient day for farmers — they needed three days to travel to their voting place without interfering with three days of religious worship. Reformers say the law is outdated and now interferes with workers’ plans, particularly people working more than one job or single parents who have responsibilities that might eclipse voting.”
I think changing the day to vote to a Saturday would be in the best interest of the country….it would be a more simple answer to the dwindling voter rates….