Nearly $1 Billion in Taxpayer Cost – If Election Day Becomes a New Federal Holiday
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia offer in-person early voting for between four days and 45 days, for an average period of 19 days.
But new legislation (H.R.1) – that just passed the U.S. House – seeks to give federal workers a paid day off on Election Day. Estimated taxpayer cost? $818 million every two years or more than $4 billion over a ten-year period.
The Democrat-led House passed the bill in March and still needs to pass the Senate. Supporters say it seeks to strengthen voting access.
Of those 43 states and the District of Columbia, 24 states and the nation’s capital allow some weekend early voting, according to a state-by-state comparison by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
That organization also notes that only 16 states require voters to provide a reason for why they cannot vote on Election Day and need mail-in absentee voting.
The other 34 states and Washington, D.C., do not require an excuse to vote absentee or by mail.
H.R.1 would require states to have early voting for 15 days before Election Day, for a minimum of 10 hours each day and to allow no-excuse absentee voting by mail.
Most states are already doing one or both of these things, but the supporters of H.R.1 would have the public believe that Americans are being disenfranchised.
However, the reality is that voters have plenty of opportunities to cast ballots.
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