Holiday at the Polls

Every four years, Americans get together in order to elect a new president to represent them nationally.
Although 2020 saw a record-breaking turnout, voter turnout was still a projected 66.8 percent according to NBC, only a little over half of registered voters.
The United States has historically fallen behind other countries in terms of voter turnout and one of the reasons why is because getting to the polls while having to work is difficult.
Millions of Americans have to work during Election Day, making it a lot harder for them to be able to go out and vote with their busy schedules. One solution to this problem is instating Election Day as a federal holiday rather than treating it like any other work day.
Implementing Election Day as a national holiday will allow for employees to receive a full day off in order to vote.
This is one big step toward solving the widespread problem of low voter turnout.
Alongside this, it will also place much greater importance on Election Day, as it will be treated as a much more important occasion than it is treated now. The emphasis of Election Day being recognized as a holiday may also contribute to more citizens practicing their ability to vote.
This change does not get rid of other forms of voting either, as the ability to vote early or through the mail will both still be accessible options.
Due to these options still existing, allowing Election Day to be a federal holiday will not cause overwhelming crowds at the polls as many people will still opt for those alternatives as usual.
Ensuring the workforce gets an equal opportunity to participate in our nation’s government is crucial and one of the best ways to uphold a truly democratic process.
We, The Viking Views, believe Election Day should be recognized as a federal holiday as it will allow for more Americans to be able to make their voices heard.
Voting should be a process with as few obstacles as possible, and allowing Election Day to be recognized as a federal holiday is a huge step in the right direction. n