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house Bill H.R. 882

Should Workers Get 2 Hours of Paid Leave to Vote on Election Day?

Argument in favor

Many hourly workers can’t afford to take time off work to vote if that time is unpaid. This means that these people’s voices aren’t heard in elections, and makes voting a luxury that only the well-off can afford. This shouldn’t be the case — everyone who wants to, and is eligible to, vote should be able to do so.

RCRodgers's Opinion
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06/05/2019
Actually, Election Day should be a holiday so everyone has an equal chance to vote.
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IllWill's Opinion
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06/05/2019
This is certainly an option along with making Election Day a national holiday. We could also move elections to the weekend or set aside an entire week for voting! We need to make the polls as accessible as possible to all Americans!
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Don's Opinion
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06/05/2019
100% voter participation should be our common goal!
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Argument opposed

Many companies are already taking it upon themselves to give their employees time off to vote, so this isn’t needed. Additionally, most states open their polls very early in the morning and keep them open until late in the evening on Election Day, giving people enough time to vote before or after their regular workdays.

Lance's Opinion
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06/05/2019
Not needed for 99.9% of American workers most voting areas go from 6 AM to after 8 to 9 PM depending on where you’re at
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/06/2019
Voting is a “Citizens Right & “Privilege” & Shouldn’t be paid for. Most employees would like to get 2-hours pay for Not voting. Many companies are already taking it upon themselves to give their employees time off to vote, so this isn’t needed. Additionally, most states open their polls very early in the morning and keep them open until late in the evening on Election Day, giving people enough time to vote before or after their regular workdays. SneakyPete...... 👎🏻👎🏻 Voting Pay 👎🏻👎🏻. 6.5.19.....
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travisv23's Opinion
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06/05/2019
I would not put more undue burdens onto employers that are already paying for most of your insurance and provide you sick/holiday pay already. Polls are open before and after most jobs. Plan accordingly.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedJanuary 30th, 2019
    Actually, Election Day should be a holiday so everyone has an equal chance to vote.
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    Not needed for 99.9% of American workers most voting areas go from 6 AM to after 8 to 9 PM depending on where you’re at
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    This is certainly an option along with making Election Day a national holiday. We could also move elections to the weekend or set aside an entire week for voting! We need to make the polls as accessible as possible to all Americans!
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    100% voter participation should be our common goal!
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    Or make it a National holiday.
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    Y E. S. 2 hour at a MINIMUM off to vote! National Holiday is A BETTER OPTION!
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    We need to make it easy for everyone - every voting-eligible citizen - to vote.
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    Election Day needs to be a holiday. I already have a hour commute. Two hours?? I can barely make the trip home and straight back in two hours. That doesn’t even leave enough time to vote! Not everyone has a M-F 9-5 job!!
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    2 hours is the very least that should be offered. Many people wait hours to vote. We should expand vote by mail and early voting to provide people as many opportunities to vote as possible. We should want make voting easily accessible to all citizens.
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    I support the need that many American workers have for time off to vote. However, I do not support the 2 hr limit. There are many obstacles that may preclude voters from exercising this right & responsibility.
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    A true democracy should be making voting as accessible as possible.
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    Suburban and urban voters can wait in long lines to vote, this is a great first step in a national holiday push. Sad to see on here that some rural voters consider the power and privilege they have to quickly drive themselves over to vote as though it was due to their so-called “hard work”—but that’s more excuses and self-deluding bs, since everyone works hard and pays taxes not just them. We should incentivize all Americans to do their civic duty, this is a step.
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    2 hours is not enough time. There are two solutions: 1. Make Election Day a mandatory holiday where everyone gets the day off. Paid. 2. Move Election Day to be on a weekend.
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    Voting is a “Citizens Right & “Privilege” & Shouldn’t be paid for. Most employees would like to get 2-hours pay for Not voting. Many companies are already taking it upon themselves to give their employees time off to vote, so this isn’t needed. Additionally, most states open their polls very early in the morning and keep them open until late in the evening on Election Day, giving people enough time to vote before or after their regular workdays. SneakyPete...... 👎🏻👎🏻 Voting Pay 👎🏻👎🏻. 6.5.19.....
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    How do we get Columbus Day off, which celebrates the legacy of one of the most infamous mass murders of all time and we don’t get time off to vote for our elected officials? It’s absolutely insane
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    Yes or make voting day a national holiday or vote on a weekend day or allow voting by mail like Oregon. People working multiple jobs may not have the time to vote. Especially if they are in a poor, inner city polling place that has only a few working machines & lines 2-3 hours long.
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    Voting should be encouraged.
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    It should be a holiday. Dump Columbus day
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    I voted yea, but it should actually just be a national holiday like most functional countries. The corruption in the US from the attempt to suppress democracy is staggering. A thousand years ago, this government would have been razed by now.
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    Full day should be a paid for Federal Holiday.
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