THE US trails behind a slew of other countries in terms of electoral participation, placing 26th out of 32 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to Pew Research.
With approximately six out of 10 voters casting ballots in the US, it’s past time to give Americans the day off to vote.
Is Election Day a federal holiday?
Election Day is the yearly day specified by law for general elections of federal public officers in the US.
The event corresponds to the Tuesday between November 2 and November 8.
Election Day is not a federal holiday, according to the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is in charge of human resources for the federal government.
Veteran’s Day on November 11 is the federal holiday that is observed following Election Day.
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Why isn’t Election Day a federal holiday?
In an interview with Huff Post, Gil Troy, an American presidential historian and McGill University professor, said that Election Day has not been made a holiday because it’s “hard to change core American traditions.”
However, Election Day has been proposed to become a holiday several times in Congress, and it is a popular concept.
According to a poll run by Politico, 61% of voters believe that Election Day should become a federal holiday, while 26% oppose the idea.
In 2018, Pew Research ran another poll that found that 65% of Americans supported making Election Day a holiday as well.
Senator Bernie Sanders has tried to push for making Election Day a federal holiday as he introduced the Democracy Day Act in 2018.
The bill had no cosponsors, but the concept was supported by every 2020 Democratic candidate for president, except Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden, according to Huff Post.
Is Election Day considered a holiday in certain states?
While Election Day is not a federally recognized holiday, several states have campaigned for it to get it recognized as a state holiday.
This implies that it will only apply to the state in issue and not the whole country. State government offices may also be closed during this time.
Election Day is a state holiday in Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York.