The problem is trying to fit voting in on a workday. The solution is to move Veterans Day to Election Day. Welcome to Puzzle Drop Monday. The short month of November is jam-packed with holidays, Veterans Day, the long Thanksgiving weekend, and already in some States—Election Day. Here starts the week’s flight of seven articles on…
Should Veterans Day Move to Election Day?
Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, was to celebrate the end of the First World War, which happened at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The last soldier to have served in that war has now passed.
Why not move Election Day to Veterans Day? That would mean that some years voting would be on the Sabbath, whatever day of the week that falls on, which disrespects that religion. Voting could also be on the weekend, which is when most people are trying to enjoy family time. However, moving Veterans Day to Election Day has no such baggage.
The idea of combining Veterans Day with Election Day centers on encouraging greater voter turnout while paying tribute to those who have served. It taps into a shared sense of national duty, potentially transforming the day into a powerful collective moment of action and remembrance.
Polls show voting on Veteran’s Day to have majority support from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, but Veterans Day can land on any day of the week, including Sunday.
If Veterans Day was moved to Election Day, then voting would remain on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and would become a national holiday—celebrations and voting during the day and mostly happy returns in the evening.
ONE PARROT SALUTES to everyone voting on everything; the majority should always rule.
This change can make it easier for people to vote because they have the day off. It celebrates democracy in a practical way, potentially getting more voices heard in the election process, which is a win for the democratic principle of participation.
THE OTHER PARROT DRAFTS that elected officials and the judiciary should decide when it’s correct to impose the will of the majority or the minority on others—voting is just part of the process.
There’s concern that simply increasing numbers at the polls doesn’t mean voters are informed. While Democrats might welcome a larger, more diverse electorate, Republicans might worry about shifts in voting patterns. Additionally, a surge of less informed voters could challenge overall decision-making quality, affecting both parties.
What score will our nonpartisan rating system give, moving Veterans Day to Election Day? Stay tuned this week to find out.
of Moving Veterans Day to Election Day
• Honors Veterans with patriotic elections (1) because it links their service to the democratic freedoms they defended.
• Flag waving helps Republicans (3) because it resonates with their often strong nationalistic sentiments.
• Voting on a holiday helps Democrats (5) because it potentially increases turnout among groups that advocate for change.
• Holidays make it easier for all people to vote (7) because they typically don’t have work obligations.
• The right to vote or not is sacrosanct (9) because it’s the foundation of democratic governance.
• Increased voting spotlights other voting tech (11) because plurality voting or first-past-the-post is widely regarded as seriously flawed.
• Will tone down some rhetoric out of respect (13) because the solemnity of Veterans Day can temper political passions.
• Prevents yet another national holiday for voting (15) because it consolidates significant observances, respecting both time and tradition.
EVEN MORE ‘YES’ REASONS
• Veterans also make great poll workers (17) because they are often disciplined, organized, and community-oriented.
• Increased voting may speed climate action (19) because a larger, more diverse voter base can shift policy priorities.
• A reliable midweek day off (21) because it ensures that people have a consistent schedule to engage in voting.
• Getting child care is easier on holidays (23) because more services and family help are typically available.
• Polls have a majority of both parties in favor (25) because bipartisan support implies a collective understanding of the benefits.
• Armed forces protect all Americans (27) because, at the end of the day, both parties want Veterans’ votes.
• Reminds us of our founder’s sacrifice (29) because it draws a direct line from the Revolution to current civic duties.
• It protects sabbaths from possible weekend voting (31) because it respects religious observances by keeping elections on a weekday.
Moving Veterans Day to Election Day
- Dishonors veterans with distracting elections (2) because it risks overshadowing the solemn purpose of Veterans Day, transforming a day of remembrance into one of political contention.
- One less holiday for some (4) because some States already have an Election Day holiday, and sometimes Veterans Day can make a long holiday weekend.
- Politics puts off many veterans (6) because the partisan nature of elections may detract from the inclusive, unifying intent of Veterans Day.
- People should make time to vote (8) because voting is a fundamental civic duty that should be integrated into regular schedules rather than relying on a specific holiday.
- One honors the past, the other the future (10) because merging Veterans Day with Election Day conflates two distinct purposes – remembrance of past sacrifices with decisions about future governance.
- Polls will be even more crowded (12) because combining a national holiday with election day could lead to overwhelming turnout at polling stations, causing logistical challenges and longer wait times.
- Most people don’t understand the issues (14) because an increased focus on Veterans Day could lead to less informed voting, as the day’s significance might overshadow the importance of understanding electoral choices.
- Controversy breeds profits (16) because politicizing Veterans Day and Election Day creates commercial opportunities for some.
EVEN MORE ‘NO’ REASONS
- It’s harder for holiday workers to get to the polls (18) because those required to work on holidays may find it even more difficult to vote, contrary to the goal of making voting more accessible.
- Only 9 States have an Election Day holiday (20) because it’s not a big deal.
- Less PTO for Federal employees to vote (22) because combining the holiday with election day could reduce the amount of paid time off.
- Manipulates voters to support hawks (24) because associating Veterans Day with elections might inadvertently influence voters to favor more militaristic policies or candidates.
- People can use mail-in ballots (26) because the availability of mail-in voting negates the need to designate a holiday for in-person voting, maintaining the sanctity of Veterans Day.
- Increased voter turnout is bad for the business (28) because higher participation in elections could lead to policy changes that adversely affect certain business interests.
- Veterans Day tradition is 11/11 (30) because the Armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
- Voter fraud might go up (32) because a national holiday might increase the chaos at the polls, creating opportunities to undermine voting laws.
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Politically Strange Bedfellows
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American Academy of Arts and Science
Armistice Day (Veteran’s Day)
Combine Election Day with Veterans Day and give democracy a boost
Move Voting Day to Veterans Day
OPM Announced Paid Time Off for Federal Employees to Vote
The Changing Face of America’s Veteran Population
Last U.S. World War I Vet, Dies at 110
Make Election Day a National Holiday
Bipartisan Bill to Make Election Day a National Holiday
Should Election Day Become a National Holiday
Nineteen States Have A Holiday for Election Day
The Effect of Making Election Day a Holiday: A Study
Bringham Young University
Five Reasons Election Day Should Be a National Holiday
Views of Election Policy Proposals
Election Day Should Not Be a National Holiday
ABA survey finds support for election holiday, expanded polling hours, voter IDs
American Bar Association
Why Tech Companies are Making Election Day a Holiday
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