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Would You Take Off Election Day?

Yesterday I got a friendly email from the Obama campaign asking me to take next Tuesday off. The campaign says it needs volunteers (no experience required) to make calls, knock on doors, and make sure voters get to the polls.

In many countries, election day is a holiday, or it falls on the weekend. But in 1845, Congress selected the Tuesday after the first Monday in November as the nationwide day for elections. Tuesday was chosen because farmers needed a day to travel to the polling place, a day to vote, and a day to get back. Factoring in the Lord's Day, that left Tuesday and Wednesday. Since Wednesday was market day, only Tuesday would work!

If it weren't for the 19th century agrarian society, Obama wouldn't have a need to ask volunteers to take a day off from work or school. Tell me — even on such short notice, would you take Nov. 4 off for your candidate?

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brookrene brookrene 8 years
Mykie - I agree, it's absolutely pointless to take the day off. If you need me next Tuesday, I'll be the one sitting at my desk being productive. :)
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I think it's great that so many people are taking the day off to ensure voting takes place for as many people as possible. We don't technically have the day off, but my boss will certainly let us leave early/late to guarantee we make it to the polls.
bonbonfay bonbonfay 8 years
I already took the day off. I am a Precinct Captain for a local Mayoral Candidate in Virginia Beach (go Scott Taylor!). As for the Presidential race, I would do almost anything to keep Obama and his socialist agenda out of the White House...and that includes taking days off work, if needed.
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
LOTS of people are missing class.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I actually took off last month, as well as the day after election day. This election is so volitile I'm sure I won't be getting any sleep on the 4th either so why suffer on the 5th?
adw7984 adw7984 8 years
We get the fourth as a holiday but since my boss will be off, I get a floating holiday - thinking of taking the 5th off. I assume I will be pulling an all nighter!
Calimie Calimie 8 years
I'm from Spain and baffled. We vote on Sunday, there's no early voting and you don't have to wait. There might be some lines at certain hours but one hour, tops. I think you should lobby to get it changed to a holiday, I just don't get that some people might not be able to vote because of the lines!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Yesteryear, I wouldn't doubt the importance of being a caller. During primary season, there was a common issue people were having with their ballots, and the calls that went out on the election day were very important in getting clear instructions to people who might otherwise have been confused. Also, calls made during the day are VERY important because it isn't persuasion calls, it is following up with people you know are supporters to make sure they were able to get to the polls. Sometimes voters need help, and they don't understand that there are people who can help them out.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
In my opinion, it's utterly ridiculous to take the day off. It's pointless.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
YY, I don't know. One of the field organizers just mentioned it one day when I was in the office. Maybe they're not doing it in non-swing states? I would just ask. They were looking especially for people who could play and instrument or something, but they need untalented people (like me!) to pass out candy and stuff. : )
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Awww Wren,I would totally hang in there longer if there was a cute dog entertaining me! :)
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i want to get in on those "comfort teams" too. how did you get on that list, TS? when i signed up to volunteer for obama next tuesday, the only options i had were to drive to a swing state (can't do it cause it will take over 4 hours to get to nevada from here) or to phone bank all day.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I actually work for the federal goverment and I'm pretty surprised that we don't get the day off so we can have plenty of time to vote and help out if we want to. Esp since I work in the executive branch, so technically the president is my boss :-P. I also live in VA, so I have a feeling that election day around here is just going to be insane. We haven't been a battle ground state for a very long time.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I hadn't thought about it, but I'd like to be part of the "Comfort Teams" that True Song mentioned. My polling place is notorious for the lack of voting booths :irk: I'd love to be a part of helping people hang in there. Maybe I could bring my dog as a distraction for people who have to wait :ponder: I think I will! :)
hope2be hope2be 8 years
Gotta love mail-in ballots :D No line for me and the fiancee :D He's sent his vote in last week. I don't think I'd be asking people to go and vote, most people I know have mailed in their votes anyway :p
zeze zeze 8 years
Heidi - I was kidding :) I was making fun of the extreme labels being applied so liberally based on trivial similarities.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I got that email, and I just thought it was funny, because I had already planned to take that day off :) It's more just his campaign getting overenthusiastic than anything else.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
In response to an earlier comment about my comment, it doesn't make me think any less of Obama or add to the Marxist/Machiavellian/Communist/BS-of-the-day rumors; I just think it's strange to ask people not to go to work. I don't know.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm glad I live in a small town. It'll be 10 minutes in line, and 6 hours in the bar...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Already am!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Georgia will have more early voting locations open on Monday and are extending voting hours.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
zeze most states have more polling places open on election day than they do during early voting. So that may help.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
omg..hopefully it wont be that bad over here!
zeze zeze 8 years
TS, that's good to know, but reasonable time will do you no good if you need to stand in line 4-9 hours! people have reported 4 and 6 hour lines for early voting - and only 31% are early voters, imagine the insanity on Nov 4th!
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