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The Donald Pushes Election Day Holiday (Of Sorts)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Add the CEOs of Borders, eBay, General Motors, Google and Intel, amongst others, to the list of those calling for a pseudo Election Day Holiday on votehour.org. These CEOs are speaking out to “encourage their employees to take an hour on November 4 and go vote.” As we noted here yesterday — and as FOX News picked up from our site — Barack Obama’s campaign is making a similar request of voters: take time off on your busy Tuesday to vote. They’re asking you to “learn why ‘too busy’ is no excuse this Tuesday.” (We beg to differ. Keep reading to find out why.)

Now, here’s the thing. According to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College, there are 14 states where if you can’t make it to the polls during opening hours on “the Tuesday after the first Monday in November,” you’re out of luck. And yet, will a simple hour off work be enough time for folks who commute to their jobs?Kudos to votehour.org for bringing these CEOs together. It’s brining attention to the first question of many that we like to ask: why the heck do we vote on Tuesday, smack in the middle of the work week, anyways? You’ll find the answer right here.

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