• Petitioned United States Congress & President of The United States of America

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United States Congress & President of The United States of America

Confer National Holiday Status to Election Day in the United States

    1. Melissa Trevino
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Trevino

      Indianapolis, IN

In an increasingly bipartisan and hostile political atmosphere, it is more important than ever to recognize the importance of Election Day as the vital means by which we, as citizens, participate in our Constitutional Republic. Election Day should be designated a National Holiday in order to decrease civic apathy, encourage civic participation, increase voter turnout, and publicly recognize as a Nation that, without civic participation, we will cease to enjoy the powers and privileges of being a republic.

We hold our form of governance to such high regard that we send our men and women overseas to risk their lives in order to enable other countries to pursue more democratic societies, yet we fail to officially observe - on a national level - the same National pride, enthusiasm and sense of community on Election Day as we do in other National Holidays.

As the Editorial Board of the Daily Iowan ( http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-502323_162-4540173.html ) pointed out, Lesson plans in schools are often designed to educate children who will become future leaders and civic participants about the significance behind our national holidays. Performances, art and literature are explored with the intent of instilling in youth a sense of pride in their country and in the significant people and events that have came before us to that help perpetuate the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. Please sign on if you are in support of the designation of Election Day as a United States National Holiday.

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    • Lalita Amos INDPLS., IN
      • about 2 years ago

      Election Day should be a national holiday observing our transformation from a coutry that disenfranchised ed Blacks, First Peoples, women and others to one that reverently protects this solemn right.

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    • Melissa Trevino INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      I would like my children and their peers to grow up with a deep and appreciative sense of pride in the republic that we live in. Every day we listen to news from around the world of governments that persecute their citizens and deny them the opportunity to have a voice in their governance. This is a luxury that we, as Americans, have taken for granted for FAR too long. We are FAR from having a perfect system of governing, but it is the best one we have and it will only remain that way if our citizens are civically literate and appreciative of how vital civic education and participation are to maintaining the freedoms that we enjoy.

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