Target: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Goal: Commend senator for attempting to make Election Day a national hoilday
The 2014 midterm election had the lowest voter turnout since 1942, but Senator Bernie Sanders is aiming to bring that number up with new legislation that would make Election Day a national holiday. The participation estimate for the 2014 midterms is about 37 percent, about four percentage points lower than average. Senator Sanders has acknowledged that this legislation will not address all of the reasons that people choose not to take part in the process, but he hopes it will do some good and help to raise voter turnout in the future. Please join together to commend the senator for this progressive piece of legislation.
The voting process in the United States has become unnecessarily complicated in the last decade, from the introduction of stringent voter registration laws to the increasing fuzziness of how votes are cast and tallied, such as the calibration issues with some voting machines in Maryland. Senator Sanders’ attempt to cut out some of this confusion and allow a full day for citizens to vote is a wonderful attempt at creating what he calls a “more vibrant democracy.”
This legislation is becoming even more necessary as voter restriction laws are attempting to shorten the early voting period that allows those with full time work or odd hours to cast their ballots when they have some free time. It will allow more people to participate in the process and thus make elections more fair and representative.
Senator Sanders deserves commendation for this attempt to make elections more fair and accessible to all people. His commitment to true democracy is refreshing and must be supported if legislation of this kind is to be passed. Please sign below to show your support for more representative elections.
Dear Senator Sanders,
The 2014 midterm election turnout was almost criminally low. An election in which only 37 percent of those eligible choose to participate is as clear a sign that something is wrong with our democracy as any vote cast. For this reason, I want to thank you for your intentions to introduce legislation that would make Election Day a national holiday.
With the introduction of new voter restriction laws, it is becoming increasingly difficult for those wishing to vote to actually cast their ballots. Your legislation will allow people working long or non-traditional hours to voice their opinions more easily and will have the effect of raising turnout, thus making elections more fair and representative.
Your commitment to fairness and democracy is refreshing and deserving of commendation. Thank you once more for your attempts to engage more people in the voting process and ensure that all voices are heard and weighed evenly.
[Your Name Here]
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