Since several people have discussed the desirability/feasability of holding elections on Saturdays, I should point otu that, here in Texas, “absentee” balloting has been expanded drastically. For all practical purposes, ANYONE in Texas can vote at appointed polling places (generally malls and supermarkets) for almost a full month before any election. I have done this for years, as I find it a lot more convenient.
However, while this system has been a convenience for ME< it has had absolutely ZERO effect in increasing voter turnout in TExas. In the last Austin city elections, there was a turnout somewhere between 9 and 10%.
I have no problem with making it easier for people to register to vote, or with making it easier for people to vote. But let’s not kid ourselves: it is already VERY easy to register AND to vote. It’s never been easier. So, if 90% of voters choose to stay home, it is NOT because voting is too difficult. They may be cynical, they may be lazy, they may be apathetic, or (for a rare optimistic interpretation), they may figure their lives are okay, and likely to remain okay no matter who’s elected.
So, by all means, make it easier to vote- that makes MY life easier. But it won’t encourage non-voters to participate.