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Friday, February 08, 2019

Officials in the city of Sandusky, Ohio, have decided that the city will no longer observe Columbus Day as a holiday, switching it for Election Day. City commissioners made the change at a recent meeting, according to the Sandusky Register. The new rule, which takes effect this year, will give workers in all municipal offices the day off on Election Day, typically the first Tuesday in November.

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City of Sandusky's Facebook post: "Sandusky is proud to recognize Election Day as a holiday. What better way to celebrate the value of our employees and citizens than by removing barriers for them to participate in the greatest of American innovations, our democracy."

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It's a start. I hope more cities/states follow suit:

A number of cities have stopped observing Columbus Day or begun marking "Indigenous Peoples' Day" instead, citing Christopher Columbus and other European explorers' treatment of Native Americans.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has advocated for making the change nationally. And a November survey from Hill.TV and HarrisX polling company found that a majority of respondents favor making Election Day a federal holiday.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-07 11:17 AM | Reply

I would support that change nationwide.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2 #MeToo

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-07 12:24 PM | Reply

They hate America

Cause you know, Spain

#4 | Posted by Chieftutmoses at 2019-02-07 12:25 PM | Reply

The idea that it is controversial is, itself, very partisan. In truth, Republicans don't want working people to have the opportunity to vote. The lower the voter turnout the better it is for Republicans and they know it.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 12:36 PM | Reply

I think this is a great idea, hopefully this gains momentum across the US.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-07 12:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Get out the vote for government employees, who will vote for the party that wants to spend more...on government employees. If you think this is about idealism rather than political power, you're a gullible shmuck.

#7 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-07 12:45 PM | Reply

"If you think this is about idealism rather than political power, you're a gullible shmuck."

By that token, not making election day a holiday is also about political power, shmuck.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-07 12:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"I think this is a great idea, hopefully this gains momentum across the US"

Liar telling more Lies

may, 2016
Last year Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT-I) introduced a bill that would make the first Tuesday in November -- in even-numbered years -- a national holiday. The bill has not gotten anywhere in the republican dominated congress, however.

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 01:07 PM | Reply

I think this is a good way to repurpose Columbus Day, which is a holiday celebrating ethnic cleansing, into a holiday celebrating the democracy imposed at gunpoint by the nation that did the ethnic cleansing.

If this does go nationwide, there will be a Trail of Republican Tears.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-07 01:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"who will vote for the party that wants to spend more...on government employees"
16.4 Million government employees compared to 156.5 million private employees, in 2011

That's like a measly 10%
laughable

Put the crack pipe down

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-02-07 02:02 PM | Reply

"who will vote for the party that wants to spend more...on government employees"

Seeing as W. Bush expanded Federal government more than any President since FDR, I'm going with "Republicans."

But I'd vote for that too, since I'm not economically illiterate.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, a decade ago, that the government was finding it increasingly difficult to attract top talent since government pay is so low.

You might have heard about the former President who turned down a half mil as a private sector lawyer to work as a community organizer instead. Not too many people will make that trade. Government suffers when top talent goes elsewhere.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-07 02:08 PM | Reply

"This is a Democratic power grab!"

Bitch McConnell

#13 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 08:49 AM | Reply

Mitch ---------- sees the writing on the wall and is desperate to hold power.

#14 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-08 09:00 AM | Reply

More democrats trying to rig elections by making it easier for people to vote.

How low will they go???

#15 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-02-08 09:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's past time to do this. Columbus Day should be deleted in favor of a national election day. Two week early voting by mail. Paper receipts for all voting.

#16 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-02-08 12:03 PM | Reply

Some way, some how, this is going to personally offend a conservative in Arkansas.

#17 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-08 12:33 PM | Reply

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