ELEVATE CITIZEN IMPORTANCE, ENHANCE ELECTORAL INTEGRITY …
By RICK MANNING || Millions of dollars and tens of thousands of man hours are spent every two years trying to get Americans to care enough about candidates or issues enough to go to the polls and vote.
Yet, for 146.6 million Americans who have jobs, voting is more complicated than it need be. Why? Because they have to leave home at the crack of dawn and commute to work, only to return after the sun has set. Anyone who has worked at a polling place knows that the early morning and evening are the prime time for turnout, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
While some advocate for mail in voting and other easily corrupted absentee schemes, I think a more simple approach should be taken.
Make Election Day a national holiday, but eliminate all other excuses for not voting with one exception for military and diplomatic personnel stationed overseas.
By creating a new national holiday to vote, Congress would be elevating the importance of citizen participation in the process to a new level. Few would not know that it was Election Day, overcoming the first hurdle for turnout. By getting rid of the alternative voting methods which beg to be abused, the outcomes of elections would likely be more honest.
A study published in the journal “Electoral Studies” concludes that illegal aliens are playing a much greater role in our national elections than anyone had previously suspected. The authors wrote of their study at The Washington Post, “Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.”
There can be little doubt that the single best possible form of election integrity is having everyone show up at their own polling place in person to vote, and by making the day a national holiday, most of the legitimate excuses for not participating are eliminated.
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