Whenever someone comes up with an idea to change voting, you can smell something foul in the air.
It’s usually a Democrat who announces he/she/cisgender wants to change when, where or how we vote. That’s because they like to manipulate the system in the hopes that it will eek out a few more ballots for them.
Steve Cohen says he wants to change the day we vote. He writes in his weekly email:
On Tuesday, I joined Martin Luther King III and Congressional colleagues representing districts from around the country, as well as Martin Luther King III, to promote the Weekend Voting Act.
Making voting days convenient for more citizens is the right thing to do. We need to do everything we can to increase voter participation, truly make democracy work and to make it a beacon for the rest of the world.
Those who don’t vote, especially hard-working hourly workers, often cite their inability to get away on a Tuesday, or having to wait hours during the work week, as reasons for not exercising their precious right to make their policy and candidate preferences known.
The Weekend Voting Act would move Election Day to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November in every even year for elections of Representatives to Congress, and in every fourth year for the election of President and Vice President. It would make it easier and more convenient for all Americans to exercise their right to vote, helping to reduce long lines at the polls and increasing voter participation.
The tradition of holding federal elections on the first Tuesday of November is an outdated requirement that began with an act of Congress in 1845. Tuesday was selected for its comparative convenience because it was a designated “court day” and the day in which land-owning voters would typically be in town to conduct business. The tradition was based on the then-agrarian American society.
Well. He brings race in it immediately by name dropping King.
He says we need to encourage voting. Why? Let the informed vote and let the others who don’t care or don’t have an opinion stay home. There is no need for everyone to have to make a decision. In fact, not voting is actually a way of voting in that you can also be expressing your disdain for the candidates or the system. I heartily disagree that more people must vote.
I also don’t think there is any problem whatsoever in finding the time to vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Tennessee. If by some odd chance you work these hours without a lunch break, you can opt to vote early. Polls are open for early voting for about three weeks. If you care enough to vote, you’ll work that out.
Why do we need two days as he is promoting? Sunday is for most Americans, the day to go to church. Then that is disrupted. Saturday is a day for other religions to attend services; they don’t need that messed up either. Can’t the Lord have one day? Would he like two days so that his party can check vote totals and play hanky panky with the results?
Cohen then appeals to modernity. Surely we don’t want to be back in the agrarian age by voting on Tuesday? Tuesday strikes me as the right day. A day after business resumes on Monday yet before the week hurries to its conclusion. Just because other countries do it doesn’t impress me either. So what.
Next he’ll want voting online. You can imagine the opportunities for hacking with that method. Or, he’ll want mandatory voting, which is gaining traction among Progressives.
Rather than wasting time on improbable causes, why doesn’t he try some real issues, like crime? I’d vote for that.