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Should election day be a national day off? (206.2) - Mark's Journal
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Should election day be a national day off? (206.2)
Did you know some employers give their staff the day off for election day? I imagine in a major metro area where people's commutes can be measured in hours, rather than minutes, a day off would eliminate people's concerns about finding a way to get to the polls near home before or after work, or eliminate the need to submit an absentee ballot even though you're not out of town.

I voted!kinnerc opined last night that election day is the most important day of the year for U.S. citizens, and I don't disagree. Making it a day off from work and school could mean exposing kids to the importance of voting from an early age, and make it a family experience. I'm lucky that, for the moment at least, my polling place is a block out of the way from my usual commute, and it's easy for me to pop in on the way to work or, since it's three minutes from campus, anytime later in the day. I realize not everyone is quite that lucky.

A friend just checked in on Foursquare at the Lincoln Street Diner, noting that it's his annual post-voting tradition. No doubt many eateries would be delighted to see more people develop such traditions.

I'll be helping out with WVBR's election coverage tonight, as I usually do, but what's unusual about today is that I used the write-in space on the ballot for what I'm pretty sure is the first time. Yes, I'm asking people to write me in for Town of Ithaca Town Supervisor. No, I don't expect (or even want) to win, but I do want to send a message to the unopposed incumbent, Herb Engman, that he can't continue to sit on his ass and fail to do his job for the next four years. I'm tickled at how many people have said they'd vote for me if they were registered to vote in the Town of Ithaca, or have helped spread the word about my "campaign."
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jccohen From: jccohen Date: November 8th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just out of curiosity, and maybe not appropriate to this forum, but what's Mr. Engman specifically not done that has had him "fail to do his job". I don't disagree, I'm just curious.
chesther From: chesther Date: November 8th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the things I don't like about the new voting machines vs. the old ones is that it's hard to let your kid participate with you the way ours used to (and the way I did when I was young).
From: dblaser_ca Date: November 8th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are the election results going to be online anywhere that some of us can watch or read?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 8th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, the results will be here by around 10:30, though I don't know how well (read "quickly") they will handle write-ins. Town of Ithaca is about 3/4 of the way down the page.
From: dblaser_ca Date: November 8th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
We'll keep our fingers crossed for the message to get through to the incumbent (or for you, whichever you prefer).
kitchenqueen From: kitchenqueen Date: November 8th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jesse and I took our 1-week old baby to the polls with us in 2002, and we continue to take the kids with us to vote. We feel that it is very important for them to see the process. I've even let them participate in the process by pushing the button on the screen for the candidate that I've chosen, or pull the lever, or color in a circle. (I checked with the election judges before letting them and no one has ever told me no.)
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