Declare Election Day a National Holiday

Election Day as National Holiday

Target: Members of Congress

Goal: Declare Election Day a national holiday to increase voter turnout and celebrate democracy.

The democratic freedom of voting in the United States is jeopardized by limiting access to the polls on Election Day. If Election Day was made a national holiday, American workers would not have to choose between putting food on the table and participating at the polls. Please sign this petition and urge members of Congress to declare Election Day a national holiday, thereby encouraging and celebrating democracy.

Low voter turnout and voter apathy is a serious problem in the United States. As voter participation decreases each election year, it is necessary for our country’s leaders to take the essential steps to emphasize the holiday as an important one. Particular attention is paid to national holidays in educational curriculum and Election Day should be no different. Election Day should be celebrated and voting should be considered a worthy use of time and a privilege. Promoting the importance of voting during our youth may go a long way to cure voter apathy in younger generations and encourage participation in the political process as an adult.

While some states have already named Election Day as a civic holiday, other states require that workers be permitted to take time from employment without loss of pay. California allows employees to take two hours off with pay at the beginning or end of a shift. Puerto Rico has established Election Day as legal holiday and reports substantially higher turnout than the rest of the United States.

Please sign this petition and urge members of Congress to declare Election Day a national voting day to increase participation and celebrate American democracy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of Congress,

As voter turnout continues to decrease and voter apathy increases, it is necessary for you to emphasize the importance of celebrating and taking part in the privilege of voting. I am writing to urge you to declare Election Day a national holiday, thereby encouraging and celebrating democracy in the United States.

National holidays are highlighted and given special consideration in educational curriculum, media, and by citizens. By declaring Election Day a national holiday, students will learn the importance of voting at a young age, and feel privileged and honored to participate as adults. The emphasis on democracy will encourage people to make more informed decisions when casting their votes and increase voter turnout. Puerto Rico has established the day as a national holiday and has substantially higher participation rates than the rest of the United States. Puerto Rico has also institutionalized significant election-day political activity designated to mobilize voters. Obviously dedicating the day as a national holiday and treating it as such invigorates voters and promotes participation.

Please declare Election Day a national holiday and emphasize the importance of taking part in our democratic right and privilege to vote.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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