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CON: No to Election Day holiday

By Michael Graham, InsideSources.com on

Published in Political News

If you want to make Election Day a national holiday because you believe American workers should have more days off to hang out with their families — or pound a few brewskis with their buds — I'm all in.

But making Election Day a holiday because you want to increase voter turnout? Count me out. Way too many Americans are voting already.

Don't believe me? Have you taken a look at the people they're voting for?

The entire "voter suppression" conspiracy being advanced by progressives is nonsense on its face. Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, for example, continues to say she lost the 2018 governor's race because she was the victim of some ballot-blocking scheme.

Really?

Georgia had the 12th-highest turnout in the country in 2018, with 57% voter participation — a modern record for the Peach State.

 

Nationwide, turnout was above 50%, with 35 million more voters than the previous midterm election in 2014. That year, just over 36% of eligible voters showed up. This year, more than 30 million Americans had already voted two weeks before Election Day — an electoral surge never seen before.

If a right-wing cabal really is running a secret, suppress-the-vote operation, it's the most inept conspiracy since Jussie Smollett and the Subway Sandwich Scam.

These turnout numbers prove that voting just isn't that hard. If 118 million people did it in 2018 without a holiday, why do we need to shut down the post office and close the banks to get them to do it again?

Yes, it's true America's voting-age participation in elections is lower than some other developed countries. In 2016, there were about 245 million Americans ages 18 and older, and only 56% of them voted in the Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton throw down.

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