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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Well that goes without saying. And why we should get rid of electronic voting machines. Go entirely back to paper and count them on live tv.
    I completely agree with this.

    No one is saying otherwise. It is more if we want to make it easier for them to vote.
    I think we should make it as easy as possible to exercise the Constitutional privilege of voting. Some people do not know their work schedule in advance, and many have to work beyond the time polling stations are open and thus cannot vote. I think the workplace shouldn't be a hindrance to voting. It would only be a mandatory holiday every other year during election times.
    I think that's illegal. Polling stations cannot have campaign material at their sites. Besides, we all know that what politicians say is rarely the truth.
    It may vary from state to state. I never saw material inside the polling station, but in the parking lot there was an Obama display with an information table and a McCain display with information. Plus there are usually campaign signs on the polling stations property.
    So you're okay with more ignorant votes?
    I'm not okay with more of them, but I feel that I don't have the right to deny them. I think voting without knowing anything about candidates is abusing the privilege to vote, but they should still have that right.
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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    The average size of a congressional district is 646,000 citizens. Depending on how many voting centers a congressional district has, it can very well be more than a minor inconvenience.
    There are multiple precincts per district. Minor inconvenience, like I said.
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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    Contrary to popular belief, not everyone works a lame ass 9-5.

    Which reminds me...

    Alot of polling locations open up before 9am...... BEFORE WORK. Add this to my list of options in my previous post.
    And while a lot of people get off of work at 5p, a lot of people also start work well before 9am, which prohibits their ability to vote before work, which is another reason why Election Day should be a holiday.

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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    So you want to give people the choice on asking their supervisor to give them time to vote, which they may or may not do, or do early voting options, or go at some time when they can be off the clock, but you don't want to give them the additional option of voting any time during the day which would actually help them vote?
    If they take a vacation day, then they have all day long to go vote. Works for me.

    By the way, have any of you that supports this idea figured out how much it will cost?
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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    So you want to give people the choice on asking their supervisor to give them time to vote, which they may or may not do, or do early voting options, or go at some time when they can be off the clock, but you don't want to give them the additional option of voting any time during the day which would actually help them vote?
    Yes. Because if they really wanted to vote, they are going to fit it into their schedule for that ONE DAY of the year.

    Making it a holiday will just bring lazy schmoes who don't really care about voting to the polls for the first few years, after that they will just take advantage of their free day off work and stop bothering with it.

    Leaving on the people who gave a rats ass left to do all the voting all over again.
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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    There are multiple precincts per district. Minor inconvenience, like I said.
    It depends on how many voter centers there are, and the number of people that each center can cater to. Again, a holiday would help alleviate it when it becomes a major inconvenience.

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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    If they take a vacation day, then they have all day long to go vote. Works for me.

    By the way, have any of you that supports this idea figured out how much it will cost?
    Not all jobs give vacation days.

    Now that I think about it, when voting day came around last November, I was in the middle of an implementation and at a time like that, asking for a day off would probably have gotten me fired. (I voted early because I knew it was coming though)
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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think we should make it as easy as possible to exercise the Constitutional privilege of voting. Some people do not know their work schedule in advance, and many have to work beyond the time polling stations are open and thus cannot vote. I think the workplace shouldn't be a hindrance to voting. It would only be a mandatory holiday every other year during election times.
    What's wrong with vote by mail?

    It may vary from state to state. I never saw material inside the polling station, but in the parking lot there was an Obama display with an information table and a McCain display with information. Plus there are usually campaign signs on the polling stations property.
    Hmmm. Maybe it's a certain distance from the polling location?

    I'm not okay with more of them, but I feel that I don't have the right to deny them. I think voting without knowing anything about candidates is abusing the privilege to vote, but they should still have that right.
    Again, no one is saying to deny them. Just not make it any easier. If you really want to vote, you find a way. But making it really easy for idiots to vote ensures we can candidates picked by idiots and that helps no one.
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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    It depends on how many voter centers there are, and the number of people that each center can cater to. Again, a holiday would help alleviate it when it becomes a major inconvenience.

    How often does that happen?
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    Re: Mandatory holiday - Election Day

    Maybe I dont find this to be a big deal because every time Ive went to vote I have showed up, checked in to verify I can vote, and moved on to the voting booth and when I was out...

    Every time I have gone to vote, Ive been in and out faster than any other service I have ever used.
    "I condemn the ideology of White Supremacy and Nazism. They are thugs, criminals, and repugnant, and are against what I believe to be "The American Way" "
    Thus my obligatory condemnation of White supremacy will now be in every post, lest I be accused of supporting it because I didn't mention it specifically every time I post.

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