Voter Turnout Essay

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Currently, there are may problems surrounding the United States’ Electoral System, one of which is the low percentage of voter turnout for elections, from local to even presidential elections. This has been a recurring complication effecting our democracy because even though our country provides those with a great opportunity to use their voice and vote, many still chose not to. Many political scientists, government officials, and regular-voting citizens are frustrated at the minimal turnouts by the people, sometimes nationally ranging as low as approximately 50 percent. That’s only half the eligible voter population deciding the near future of our country, which to me is maddening. One way many people perceive to increase this voter turnout …show more content…
People like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, President Barack Obama, and other Progressives all find that making Election Day a national holiday or even combining with another holiday, such as Veteran’s Day would be strongly beneficial. If combined with Veteran’s Day, Election Day wouldn’t be a fall consistently on Tuesdays, which might feel odd to those who love tradition. The only reason it was on a Tuesday every year dates all the way back to the 1850s, because farmers needed a full day to travel to polling areas. Tuesdays didn’t interfere with religious events on Sundays and Mondays or market day on Wednesdays. So, nowadays these old concerns don’t concern our country any longer, and this change would go with a lot more …show more content…
The only way to drastically increase turnout in the short and long run would be to implement this new national holiday. It will maintain and even enhance the principles of our democracy which will thus strengthen and unify our country to level it once was many decades ago. There is no real evident flaw or downfall to instilling this holiday, so with that said we should implant it into a fully functioning law. Just think, if we established this holiday prior to this recent presidential election, would the outcome have been drastically different? Or would’ve it stayed the same result? My personal prediction would’ve been that the tables might’ve turned, and a larger democratic vote would have been shown. People who live in the busier, more urban areas consumed by the hustle and bustle of work life could’ve made it to the voting booth if originally given the entire day off from work. These people typically run on the liberal side of the spectrum, especially if they 're in the lower to middle

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