Democrats are going all in on voting rights ahead of the 2020 election. This week, House Democrats introduced a bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday. Experts say that would increase voter turnout, especially among minority voters and low-income people who aren’t able to take off work to vote. It’s a popular idea. Business and civic leaders have been offering a similar proposal for years, and Congress considered bills to make it so in 2001, 2002 and 2005. Election Day is a holiday in France, Australia and Mexico. But it’s unpopular with one key demographic: Republicans. The GOP has supported efforts to restrict voting access in the country and is opposed to the Democrats’ idea.
On Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor to explain. “Just what America needs, another paid holiday and a bunch of government workers being paid to go out and work for, I assume, our folks — our colleagues on the other side, on their campaigns,” he said.
“This is the Democrat plan to restore democracy?” he continued. “A brand-new week of paid vacation for every federal employee who would like to hover around while you cast your ballot?”
Democrats quickly attacked McConnell and the GOP as undemocratic.