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Should Election Day Become a National Holiday (As in Paid Time Off)?

When we read this piece on AOL Jobs, it made us smile.

After all, what better way to ensure everyone will get to the polls by making a national holiday during Election Day? Translation: Paid time off from the office job.

As per the piece, approximately 50 to 60 percent of the voting population will have cast ballots during the presidential election.

Considering that government workers already get Election Day off, why not regular folks, too? Would that actually propel people who were disinterested in the election to get out there and cast their vote? Hmmm.

Well, if you’re trying to make the case with your employer to at least get half a day off to cast your ballot, there are some holes in the plan.

For starters, ┬áMany people will still be working. We’d hate to be a bummer in all of this, but let’s face it: Hospitals don’t shut down just because it’s election day. Neither do airline pilots, grocery store cashiers and bankers to name a few.

Secondly, it doesn’t take all day to vote, as mentioned in the piece. How true is this? Even though you may wait on line longer than it takes to actually vote, it won’t take an entire work day to select the next U.S. president.

Perhaps people can take time off during the work day to vote if their employer is located in their same voting district so they can scurry to the polls at 11 a.m. to avoid a morning rush hour crowd. Perhaps they can scoot out at the end of the day prior to its official end to thereby avoid the rush hour crowd at the end of the day. Of course, there’s always the lunch time vote either early on such as noon or later on around 2 p.m.-ish.

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