Make Election Day A National Holiday
The United States is a republic nation in which we elect individuals that represent out interest to make decisions on our behalf. As such, we ought to have the freedom of a holiday so that we may choose a candidate to represent our individual interests at the federal level. In the past 20 federal elections, spanning 40 years, the percent of the population voting in a non-presidential election year reached its highest rate in 1982 with 39.8% and its lowest rate of 36.4% twice in 1998 and 1986. In the past 20 federal elections, spanning 40 years, the percent of the population voting in a presidential election year, voting ranged from its high at 56.8% in 2008 to a low of 49.1% in 1996. The majority of the eligible population doesn’t vote in a non-presidential election year. If a national holiday was held during Election Day, it would encourage voters to see the importance of these elections as well as select the candidate that best suits their interest.