Last updated on: 1/22/2024 | Author: ProCon.org

Should Election Day Be a National Holiday?

Election Day in the United States has occurred on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November ever since President John Tyler signed an 1845 law establishing a specific voting day for the entire country. Election Day could be made a holiday if a bill were passed by the U.S Congress then signed into law by the president. Approximately two million people who work for the federal government would then be given a paid day off. While a federal holiday does not have to be observed by private companies, the employers might follow suit. For more on an election day holiday, explore the ProCon debate.

PRO (yes)

Pro

Joe Biden:

“If I had my way, and I think it is really important, every Election Day would be a day off.”

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Reuters, “Election Day Should Be a ‘Day Off,’ U.S. President Joe Biden Says,” reuters.com, June 24, 2021

CON (no)

Not Clear or Not Found

Nikki Haley:

No position as of Dec. 19, 2023

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr:

No position as of Dec. 19, 2023

Donald Trump:

No position as of Dec. 19, 2023