Opinion divided on state holidays for election days - 276 participants

Feb 07, 2017

A bill sponsored by Rep. Ellen Read, HB 625, would make primary and general election days state holidays in New Hampshire. Government offices and schools would be required to close, though private employers would not be obligated to do so. Read more about this issue here. On February 7, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should election days be state holidays?”

“Should election days be state holidays?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Keno New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 276 participants gave 610 responses 

A total of 94% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 6% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 276 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 610 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 48 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A slight majority, at 52% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of making election days state holidays.  

  • “We need better turnout. Full time workers can have a hard time making it, especially if they work any distance from home.”
  • “If Presidents Day, Columbus Day, and MLK Day are all national holidays, we can exchange one for voting day.”
  • “Government only works when the citizens participate, so making Election Day a holiday would greatly encourage and enable people to do their civic duty.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 48%, were opposed to making election days state holidays.  

  • “We don't need a holiday to perform our civic duty. Get absentee ballots, if you have to.”
  • “The polls are opened early enough and closed late enough to accommodate any one that chooses to vote without the expense to their employer.”
  • “Making it a state holiday would only benefit state workers and bankers. The general public manages to get to the polls without having a public paid holiday.”

Other: As noted above, 6% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Alternatives: “How about having [elections] on Saturday or Sunday?”
  • Current policy: “A job cannot deny you [time] to vote. It’s illegal for them to do that.”
  • Voter eligibility: “Qualifications to vote should include residence, not domicile.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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HB 625 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Feb 07, 2017


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