Make Election Day a Holiday

Everyone eligible to vote on election day should be free to do so. However, too many Americans are unable to take time off from work as they’re living paycheck-to-paycheck or are hourly workers who can’t lose the time.

Election Day should be a federal holiday, but that doesn’t go far enough as it doesn’t ensure economic motivations won’t keep people from voting. On top of making that day a holiday, we need to implement tax breaks for companies that pay their workers for the time taken off to vote.

Election Day is a holiday in many other countries. It should be in the US, as well. It would increase turnout and make it easier for people to vote, particularly those who otherwise might struggle to take the time away from work.

Problems to be Solved

  • Many American workers must choose between making enough money to pay their bills and voting on election day.
  • Many American workers aren’t allowed to take time off on election day.
Guiding Principles:
  • Civic engagement
  • Equality
Goals
  • Increase voter turnout
  • Ensure no one is prevented from voting because of economic considerations

As President, I will…

  • Make election day a federal holiday.
  • Provide tax breaks to employers equivalent to total wages paid to workers who are given paid time off to vote.
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