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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 unrestricted 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.

America is supposed to be the shining example of freedom and democracy in the world. Why, then, do we have an election process that is making it difficult for people to get to the polls? How can we make people choose between voting and working? Sadly, there are too many people who simply cannot afford to give up a day's wages in exchange for voting. 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.

Sincerely, 

Petition Signatures


Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Martha Van Neste
Nov 10, 2017 Dorothy Hann
Nov 8, 2017 John Confar
Nov 6, 2017 Steven Schueller
Nov 6, 2017 Susan Schueller
Nov 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2017 Nancy Lopez This is an idea late in coming to fruition. No one who wishes to vote needs to have the opportunity. There is no expectation that business would stop; it hardly notices the passing of other holidays. Just give everyone the chance to participate.
Nov 6, 2017 James C Polhemus
Nov 6, 2017 Susan Closson
Nov 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2017 Brandon Juhl
Nov 6, 2017 Tina Tine'
Nov 6, 2017 Josephine Polifroni
Nov 6, 2017 Sandi h
Nov 6, 2017 Susan Whitsell
Nov 6, 2017 Alison Ridgeway
Nov 6, 2017 Ron Godin Voting Day is a holiday in most other civilized countries. We want a participatory democracy, give people a chance to participate!
Nov 6, 2017 Lyn Miller Every eligible citizen should have the opportunity to vote.
Nov 6, 2017 Karla Kirchner
Nov 6, 2017 EDITH LOBROT
Nov 6, 2017 R. C. Wilson
Nov 6, 2017 Karen Loechner What is more patriotic than a holiday that nurtured democracy
Nov 6, 2017 Pat Souders
Nov 6, 2017 Nicholas Flanagan
Nov 6, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Nov 6, 2017 Lou Ann Hutchins
Nov 6, 2017 Jason Green
Nov 6, 2017 Chicory James
Nov 6, 2017 Jillian Fiedor
Nov 6, 2017 Rebecca Moon-Williams
Nov 6, 2017 Jean Jakusz Support #ElectionDayHoliday
Nov 6, 2017 Sheila Kelley
Nov 6, 2017 Sasha Herbert
Nov 6, 2017 nicole clevenger
Nov 6, 2017 Lisa Pizarro
Nov 6, 2017 Ann Moriarity Elections being held on Tuesdays means many voters have to go vote either before work or after work. Election Day should be made a holiday so more people can go vote anytime during the day.
Nov 6, 2017 Alice Clark Election Day should be made a holiday so everyone can be able to get to the polls to vote.
Nov 6, 2017 Cynthia Brooks-Fetty
Nov 6, 2017 Judy Maggi I
Nov 6, 2017 Joseph Folino Gallo
Nov 6, 2017 Thomas Re'
Nov 6, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Nov 6, 2017 Patricia Munson
Nov 6, 2017 Monika Shepherd
Nov 6, 2017 PJ Boyce
Nov 6, 2017 Erma Lewis
Nov 6, 2017 LynnMeta Williams
Nov 6, 2017 Michael McGregor

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