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55 people think this is good

  • cathy lazaroff
  • Kim Richards
  • Nick Ngai
  • Anna-Liza Armfield
  • Jeff Oeth
  • Steve Dolan

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  • hopiakuta DonFphrnqTaub Persina

    I do figure that if the entire day is a holiday, then many people would use that day to go to Cayman to see Will Romney's money, or other vacation destinations.

    Also, if it is a holiday, many people who rely on free transit or cheap transit from a city or county might be stranded @ a job that that does not have nuch of a holiday, such as security officer or convenience grocery store clerk.

    There could be other problems for disabled persons as well.

    Have the early vote begin in September, seven days per week, throughout October. Maximize polling station locations to every city building, every county building, every state building, every national government facility.

    Thank You,

    DonFphrnqTaub Persina

  • psteck

    i applaud the idea of advancing our voting process into the 21st century. We should be leading the world in this area.

    i also agree we've lost sight of the importance of voting and need to celebrate it more. Unfortunately we're a country full of people more willing to spend time waiting in line to buy the newest iphone than to vote.

    The desire and dialog Alex gets at is vitally important, but he's wrapped it in, "We're giving up profits to vote." Thats a misstep. Causing his idea to feel hollow to those who have given up so much more.

    I believe money is what currently keeps our political process from advancing into the 21st century. The lack of it. The excess of it. No one believes our political system is on the level any more. Why? Because of money.

    It's time for us all to more clearly understand our civic duties and the sacrifices these duties ask of us. We should all be casting our vote daily by supporting businesses that TRULY understand the definition of "Corporate Citizenship".

    It's our responsibility to be the referee in the middle separating profits and politics and helping them find their way to opposite corners of the arena.

  • Adam Raper

    Alex:
    When I first read this post, I agreed with you. I own a business in Austin, TX and I thought it would be a great idea to give people time off to vote.

    Then I remembered what America has devolved into over the last 20 years. A sad group of entitled, overweight individuals who would rather have most anything handed to them in lieu of effort or hard work (gross generalization - but it is getting worse). I then thought about our forefathers who risked treason and the gallows for our right to vote. I then remembered my great grandfather who fought in WWII and my brother who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. The moms who lost their sons, husbands, daughters.

    I hope it rains, hails and storms on Tuesday. I hope the line for voting is 3 hours long and folks are freezing cold. I don't want anyone voting for my next president who isn't willing to skip happy hour at Applebees. This is supposed to be hard. It should be the tiny, fraction of a sacrifice that others made before us. It is the least we can do.

  • Harryupp

    We have last weekend had a municipal election in Finland. Amazingly only 58,2 percent of the population voted! Even if it now is very important to have a competent municipal representation since within a couple years nearly 50 percent of the local municipalities will have ceased to exist since we here in Finland have been planning a merger of 2 to 4 neighbouring municipalities into new larger and more efficient municipal counties. Only in the most affluent and smallest municipality did the cast votes reach 76 percent! This because they would rather carry on being a rich well governed small municipality than be joined to their bigger neighbouring municipality at lose their independancy in municipal matters.
    In Finland we have the opportunity to cast our vote one week before the election day at the local postoffice if we can't vote on the official election day that is on a weekend and is a sunday.
    I myself do not find it such a big deal to cast a vote. It only takes an hour of my time to go to the poll and vote and if then the rest of the day is left for sports and other activities.
    But it is important to participate in the elections! I find it disturbing that 2 out of 5 people don't want to have their say in how their society is governed, be it municipal elections, elections for our congress, election for president or elections of representatives for the general assembly in EU in Brussels.
    If a "Holiday for Democracy" would get more people to vote it could be a good idea, but here in Finland I don't think it would work. The right to vote or to participate yourself as a candidate in an election is not being appriciated enough.
    Well perhaps this indifference is not that strange since there has been some unrest in several of our political parties due to unclear or fraudulent funding of the candidates election campaings in the last elections for President here in Finland. The corporate funding and lobbying has also become a larger factor in finnish politics during the last twenty years.

  • sjohnstone01

    They aren't busy because of work. They are busy because they have three soccer games per child to go to. And they don't vote because life is good and they are apathetic - they don't see their vote affecting their everyday lives. People vote in South America because democracy hangs in the balance every day, if not in their country, then the one next to it. We haven't had that kind of insecurity since the Civil War. See who does vote - older people. They are not instant gratification oriented and can see the long-term connection between what they do at the polls and the state of the country or their locality. Non voters show up at city hall when they don't like the outcome of a particular issue, but when asked if they voted in the last local election they almost universally say "no".

    • bob.burdick1

      Agreed. Immediate gratification is one thing (and entirely welcome in this regard: Once the election is over, we'll get a temporary respite from the maddening negativity of politicians' commercials). But voting now to shape a future years out is something else. I guess it's an acquired taste.

  • bob.burdick1

    I hope you are right, but I don't think you are. If people are not sufficiently motivated to vote in the once-every-four-years Presidential elections, I do not think a holiday or, worse, weekend election day, would motivate them. In fact, I suspect that those who are not already motivated to vote would seize the holiday for unrelated pursuits (just as most of us do for Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, etc.). And ask them to give up a weekend day? Yikes! Good luck to you, though. If you can pull this off at your company, you are a remarkable person. For the record, I always vote, regardless of any inconvenience, and I am deeply saddened by those who don't -- even if they support candidates I don't like. So what's my plan to increase participation? We cannot require it, nor should we. We cannot require candidates to tell the truth because of the Constitution (which tends to protect liars in many cases). We cannot require that only reasonable candidates run (who is to define 'reasonable'?). No. About all we can do is try to teach our children (and those who are older) what a serious responsibility (and opportunity) this is. You are doing your part at your company. Perhaps others will, as well. But I am not counting on it. As long as our politicians strive to divide us for their personal and political gain and stubbornly refuse to set aside partisanship for the betterment of the nation, we are mired in mindless gridlock. If we successfully Take Back Tuesday, what plans do you think our friends in Washington will devise for it?

    • Linda Murphy

      I just joined and I am wondering whether some commenters have missed the point of GOOD. I didn't join as a Pollyanna, but I thought the point was to find ways to promote positive change.

      I agree that it is hard to to motivate people to vote and part of that is that the political machinery is so negative these days. Initiatives like Alex's have to help. But I think that the real trick is for each of us to be out there persauding others to vote - no matter who they are voting for. During our last federal election, my group of friends each pledged to do this by making voting a topic with everyone we met during the week before the vote. We drove people or accompanied to their voting site, played with or babysat their kids and generally cheerled potential voters. In some cases this also included emailing people a summary of candidate positions published in local papers. Alex has taken this type of encouragement to another level and I pray that it will add voters to the list. At least he is making a (substantial in my view) contribution to the goal of democracy.

      P.S. I also agree with other comments about teaching our children (and I would say, others) to engage as citizens - at every level. Given increasingly complex issues, this also means finding credible sources on speciality topics to guide us (just as political leaders do). I also happen to feel that this means engaging with our elected politicians by email and editorials or turning up at meetings to better learn about issues or to challenge positions on them. Our schools (and countries more generally) need to put more value on positive forms of citizenship, engagement and volunteerism. For the record my daughter, husband and I have never missed a vote at any level despite having reservations (and differences of opinion) about some of our choices.