Donald McEachin Wants to Make Election Day a Federal Holiday
National voter turnout has declined since 1964, and in 2014, it reached the lowest level since World War II. Only about 55% of voting age citizens cast ballots in 2016. Another 18.7 million voters turned out in 2008, when nearly 64% of voting-age citizens cast a ballot. To increase greater participation in our elections, Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) on Thursday introduced legislation to make Election Day a federal holiday. The Election Day Holiday Act aims to makes voting easier. The members say their bill would increase the democratic legitimacy of our government and ensure more voices are heard in the political process. “I have fought for voters’ rights by introducing similar legislation during my time as a member of Virginia’s General Assembly,” said McEachin. “At a time when our elections are under attack from outside and within our country, it is more important than ever for us to do all we can to remove barriers to the ballot box.” More here.