Trade Ya … Columbus Day For Election Day, Okay?

March 1, 2019

Have you ever had to turn in a project and take a test on the same day? Both are important, but there are only so many hours in a day, right? Well, when it comes to voting on Election Day versus going to work, some people opt to do the latter. Why? Because while businesses are legally required to allow employees time off to vote, Election Day is not a national holiday in the United States. People have to work and carve time out of their busy days to vote. What if you don’t have the time to vote? Well, Sandusky, a small city in Ohio, is doing something about that: They’ve made Election Day an official paid holiday! Although they’re the first in the United States to do something like this, they’re certainly not the first in the world. Many Asian countries such as Singapore and South Korea, as well as European countries such as Spain and Sweden, count Election Day as one of their national holidays. So how did a small town in Ohio become such a trailblazer in the US? According to Sandusky’s city manager, the city had considered dropping Columbus Day a while back but was met with resistance by worker’s unions because they were reluctant to give up a paid holiday. However, the city and its residents have been working on making their community more diverse and inclusive, and that included removing barriers from being able to vote. Swapping out Columbus Day for Election Day just made sense.

Do you think Election Day should be a national holiday?

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