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  • Petitioned U.S. Government

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U.S. Government

Make Election Day a Federal Holiday in the US

    1. Petition by

      Chand Nirankari

      New York, NY

Voting in elections is a challenge in the United States - about one third of registered citizens who choose not to vote cite schedule/timing conflicts and general inconvenience as the reason. Long lines at polling stations after work, crowds, and other inconveniences keep even informed and intelligent people from voting. Those who work long hours are unable to schedule a trip to the polls. On top of this, the new voter ID laws will put another barrier in front of people from being able to participate in our democracy. Making Election Day (1st Tuesday in November) a Federal Holiday will remove obstacles from the democratic process, raise awareness and motivation, and ultimately increase voter participation, a long sought-after goal.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • David Grimes PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because this year I was unable to vote because of the process being intentionally difficult.

    • Jesse Lewis VISALIA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Show how important elections are by making it a holiday and something to celebrate!

    • Danielle Hendrickson HEMLOCK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      No one should have any reason to ever miss voting in an election.

    • William Nichols NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Everyone should be encouraged to vote. Having work on this day is not a very good testament to the fundamental values on which this country was founded.

    • Nicole Patel WEST CHICAGO, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because we live in a democracy and you're supposed to make it easy for ANYONE, regardless of income, to vote. The current voter suppression, if it wins, will destroy our democracy.


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