Should the U.S. Make Election Day a National Holiday?

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It's a sad fact that approximately 44 percent of eligible U.S. voters simply didn't participate in the 2016 presidential election. While this figure is better than what was seen in 2012, it’s still amazing to realize that nearly one out of every two Americans of voting age didn't vote to select the leader of the country.

Efforts both partisan and nonpartisan have been made to increase voter turnout, including awareness and advertising campaigns, making it easier to register to vote and more. However, one change could make a big difference: making Election Day a federal holiday. Such a move, proponents argue, would underscore the importance of voting in the country while making it easier for citizens to get excited about and take part in their civic duty.