Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, stands in the Capitol, Feb. 27, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
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Bernie Sanders wants to make Election Day a national holiday

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After surging in 2012, turnout in Tuesday’s midterm elections dropped to around 37%—potentially a record low that raises real questions about just how representative Congress is of the American people.

That’s why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is proposing to make Election Day into a national holiday which would make it much easier to get to the polls. It would especially low-income Americans, who often work long hours and can’t afford to take time off to vote.

“We should not be satisfied with a ‘democracy’ in which more than 60% of our people don’t vote and some 80% of young people and low-income Americans fail to vote,” said Sanders. 

The idea isn’t likely to go anywhere in the GOP-controlled Congress. But if it helps focus attention on the chronic problem of low turnout, especially in midterm elections, it’ll be worthwhile.

Midterm Elections 2014 and Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders wants to make Election Day a national holiday

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