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Would you be more likely to vote if Election Day were a national holiday? That’s the question that is again being posed in the senate. There is currently a movement to make Election Day in America a national holiday. And this isn’t a new movement either, but it is getting new attention today. It has been previously proposed (and defeated) in Congress at least three times – 2001, 2002 and 2005 – each time with nothing coming of it.

The current bill is proposing to designate “Democracy Day” as a national election holiday before a special committee. The bill which was proposed By Senator Bernie Sanders, is in an effort to make voting easier for Americans.

According to Pew Research data, US voter turnout trails most developed countries. However, that may be because in many other countries, the government automatically registers voters and holds elections on days that are weekend days or national holidays. So it seems that may be the idea behind this push. Advocates think this will assist in voter turnout.

On the other hand, some argue voters already have ample options to vote that don’t involve showing up at the polls on Election Day.  There are 37 states where early voting is offered and Americans can vote in person before Election Day. In addition there are 27 states and the District of Columbia that allow voters to request absentee ballots without an excuse, allowing them to vote by mail.

So what side do you fall on? If you want to read more about this discussion on Business Insider click HERE:

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .