U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) recently announced his intention to introduce legislation that would turn Election Day in November into a national holiday.
Disappointed by the lack of voter turnout during the recent national election, Senator Sanders stated that,
“In America, we should be celebrating our democracy and doing everything possible to make it easier for people to participate in the political process. Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy.”
According to the US Elections Project, the national election that was held on November 4th, 2014 had only a 37% turnout, making it the lowest voter turnout since 1942.
Although voter turnout during midterm elections in the US is traditionally lower than presidential elections, the US still ranks below 120 other countries when it comes to presidential voter turnouts. Thanks to friend of the site Keith Mann for helping me find these statistics.
Senator Sanders went on to say that, “We should not be satisfied with a ‘democracy’ in which more than 60 percent of our people don’t vote and some 80 percent of young people and low-income Americans fail to vote.” His bill, entitled “Democracy Day Act of 2014,” will be introduced to Congress after it reconvenes from November’s national election.