In the “McCain is forked” thread, a discussion has broken out about Election Day procedures, which are (a) currently controlled at the state/local level, and (b) pretty nonsensical. The fact that there are people out there who would vote but can’t for whatever reason should be a major concern of both parties.
It seems so simple to me (and most people I speak to, including conservatives):
Make Election Day a national holiday, or move it to the weekend.
Extend the hours that the polls are open as much as possible. Maybe 6:00AM to 10:00PM.
Complete side debate: Heck, why not make it 24 hours? It’d be a significant undertaking logistically speaking, but what is more important than electing the leader of the free world? Why not open the polls all over the country for the exact same 24 hour period so polls open and close everywhere at the exact same time. No more calling the election before the left coast gets to vote.
For whatever reason, the objection to any kind of reform in this area comes from Republicans. I know why they object - my question is how they get away with it. There are almost always multiple sides to every argument, but it seems ridiculous that they can get away with arguing that more people voting is a bad thing.
So do we need an amendment to make election procedures a federal mandate? And how can the Republicans resist without looking terrible?