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The United States of America was founded on the fundamental principal, summed up by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address [1], that the government was to be "of the people, by the people, for the people," and that exists and is preserved solely in the individual's right to vote. As a democratic republic, citizens have both the right and the duty cast their vote for leaders, laws, and principles.

According to Pew Research Center, however, less than 56 percent of the "voting-age population cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election [2]." That is not a new problem either. In the 2014 midterm election, only 36 percent of the voting-age population voted. Various reasons are cited in each election for not voting, from not liking the candidates to forgetting altogether, but one of the most consistent reasons given each election is that voting conflicts with work or school. In 2014 alone, 35 percent of registered voters said conflicts with work or school were the reason they did not vote [3].

Every eligible citizen of voting age should have unfettered access to cast their vote in elections, and especially in national elections. Making Election Tuesday a federal holiday would allow everyone to be free of work and school conflicts and give them access to the polls.

Of the 10 current federal holidays [4], seven of them are celebrations of our country in one form or another. Adding Election Tuesday to the list of federal holidays would follow in that tradition. In fact, what could be more of a celebration of America itself than the celebration of the right to vote? It is the core principle of our freedom and liberty.

As citizens of this great democracy, we all have a civic duty to participate in elections. For most, that means casting a ballot; for others, it may be choosing to abstain from voting. But we cannot have an election process that forces citizens to choose between going to work or going to the polls. The right to vote, without the ability to vote, is meaningless.

No one should have any obstacle standing between them and a ballot box. Registered voters certainly should not be disenfranchised because they are working or in school. By making Election Tuesday a federal holiday, a large percentage of registered voters would finally be able to cast their vote in national elections. Sign the petition asking the President to make Election Day a Federal Holiday to ensure all eligible Americans are able to cast their vote!

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President Donald J. Trump:

The right of the citizen to vote is the cornerstone of our great nation. Some of the greatest accomplishments of the past century have been the rightful expansion of the ability to vote, namely Women's Suffrage and the Civil Right Act. Nevertheless, there is still an obstacle standing between many registered voters and the ballot box: the inconvenience of Election Tuesday.

Every election cycle there is a segment of registered voters who do not vote because of work or school conflicts with the timing of the election. They are being disenfranchised simply because they are being productive members of society. However, there is an easy solution to this problem: make Election Tuesday a federal holiday.

Of the 10 federal holidays we currently have in the United States, at least seven are a direct celebration of the country itself, from commemorating the founding of our great nation on the Fourth of July, honoring those who served in the military on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, to celebrating the civil rights movement on Martin Luther King Day. Celebrating our right to vote would be just as fitting and patriotic as our other federal holidays, and it would also serve to making voting more accessible for all.

While it is true that many citizens of voting age choose not to vote in elections for a number of reasons, there should not be a segment of registered voters who cannot vote because of work, school, or other timing conflicts. According to U.S. Census data, the primary reason people give for not voting in elections is because they were "too busy/couldn't get time off to vote."

The United States has come so far in the last century to ensure that everyone has the right to vote in America. Now we need to finally make sure that everyone has the ability to vote.

Mr. President, please take action to make Election Tuesday a federal holiday before the next election cycle begins. Help ensure that all citizens have not only the right to vote but also unfettered access to participate in our great democracy.


Petition Signatures

Jan 14, 2018 Sheila Richardson Election Day was a holiday. It should be again. Is it really any wonder that voting participation has diminished when people can't get off from work?
Jan 6, 2018 Deborah Goodwin
Jan 2, 2018 Jodi Ford
Dec 30, 2017 Richard Han
Dec 17, 2017 Lisa-May Reynolds
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 8, 2017 Marge Schwartz
Dec 7, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Nov 30, 2017 Lori Nightingale
Nov 26, 2017 David Davis
Nov 26, 2017 Michalla Mitchell
Nov 26, 2017 Choky Alvarez It will be easier to vote on a holiday
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 11, 2017 Judy McKinney
Nov 10, 2017 Bob Ange
Nov 10, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Nov 10, 2017 tammy bullock
Oct 30, 2017 Jeannie Dinning
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 15, 2017 Jeffrey Bains
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2017 Maryanne Budetti
Sep 24, 2017 Shirley Stafford
Sep 21, 2017 Dennis Monroe
Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Sep 15, 2017 Kim Hanke
Sep 15, 2017 Fannette Davis
Sep 12, 2017 Lynn Cornish
Sep 11, 2017 Trina Lorde Why hasn't this happened already?
Sep 10, 2017 Sue andTim Scholl
Sep 8, 2017 Charles Daly
Sep 7, 2017 Jennifer Johnson
Aug 24, 2017 bob petermann
Aug 24, 2017 Laurie Bynum
Aug 24, 2017 Daniele Boucher
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 Patricia Wirth-Nugent
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) Make election a federal holiday so that every voter can get out to vote.
Aug 24, 2017 MARK GINSBURG
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 Debi Hertel
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 Marni Anbar
Aug 24, 2017 jack wenger
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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