Senate Bill Would Move Voting to the Weekendby Phil on 01/7/2009
Peachpundit.com has posted an article saying that Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) has introduced a bill that would move the federal election day from the first Tuesday in November to the first weekend in November:
Yesterday, on the first day of the 111th Congress, one hundred forty-three bills were introduced in the United States Senate including one by WisconsinSenator Herb Kohl that would move federal election day from the first Tuesday in November to the first weekend in November.
“Holding our Federal elections on a weekend will create more opportunities for voters to cast their ballots and will help end the gridlock at the polling places which threaten to undermine our elections,” Kohl said during remarks made on the Senate floor. …
The Wisconsin Democrat cited the long lines across the nation as the reason why his legislation is needed. …
In addition to weekend voting, S. 149 would also provide a uniform period of time for polling places to be open; 10AM Saturday eastern time to 6PM Sunday eastern time.
Here’s a poignant question:
If America has managed to get through years of voting on a singular day in early November without a cataclysmic event occurring, can you please tell me what makes this a germane issue at this time? Why will allowing voters to vote through an entire weekend be better for the nation?