Michigan Secretary of State...

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging companies to give workers the day off on Election Day on November 3rd, 2020. This comes on the heels of Wayne State University in Detroit declaring the day to be a university holiday so students would be free to participate in their civic duty as opposed to being stuck in class. Personally, I think this a great sign of progress for our democracy and I hope it becomes a federal holiday. One of the biggest structural barriers to younger and working class voters is our obligation to attend school or work. This leads to a systemic underrepresentation of our voices and concerns in mainstream politics and an overrepresentation of older and wealthier voters who do not face similar structural constraints. If unchecked, this can perpetuate a cycle of disaffection and depressed voter turn-out since key parts of the electorate will feel that their issues are never being adequately addressed, so why bother ever turning out. In light of this, I would go even further and call for Presidential Primary dates (March 10, 2020) to be state holidays as well. What do you guys think? Should election day be a holiday for students/workers and what do you think the long-term impact of that would be? https://wsbt.com/news/business/marijuana-recalls-hurt-business-local-dispensary-shares-tips-to-trust-product
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