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KOAA Poll: Should Election Day be a national holiday?

Posted at 12:43 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 17:58:18-04

It's a topic that's come up at both the national and state levels. Supporters argue it would increase voter turnout, opponents say there are already enough protections in the law to encourage people to vote.

And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 general election is shaping up to be one like never before. This year, many more Americans are expected to vote by mail instead of stopping at a polling place, in an effort to avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

So should Election Day be a national holiday? (Vote below)

In 2019, state lawmakers introduced a bill to replace Columbus Day with Election Day as a state holiday. The bill died and a similar bill was later introduced to replace Columbus Day with Colorado Day. Part of the reason the bill was killed, aside from supporters of Columbus Day, was concerns that came up over college campuses being closed and how that might impact voter turnout.

A group also attempted to get the issue on the ballot on this topic in November, but it appears they didn't turn signatures in. As part of the initiative, the group argued the benefit of making Election Day a national holiday is that it would allow "state employees the ability to fully participate in elections and continue to build Colorado's culture of civic engagement."