Eshoo, McEachin Reintroduce Legislation to Make Election Day a Federal Holiday

January 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) reintroduced the Election Day Holiday Act, legislation to make Election Day a federal holiday.

“People should not be forced to choose between their job or family in order to exercise their right to vote,” said Rep. Eshoo. “As we see communities nationwide disenfranchised by voter suppression tactics, it’s more important than ever that we reaffirm our commitment to the right to vote and ensure every voice is heard. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and Congress must make it easier to vote, not harder.”

“As demagogues and bad actors attempt to overturn the will of the American people and undermine a fair, accurate and complete count in the November election, we must insist with renewed fervor that every voter’s voice is heard, starting with improving access to the ballot box,” said Congressman McEachin. “Our vote is the most powerful non-violent tool we have to create a more perfect union, and I am pleased to reintroduce the Election Holiday Act to make this cornerstone of our democracy more accessible to everyone.”

U.S. voter turnout is consistently among the lowest of all established democracies around the world. A 2014 study found that among those who didn’t vote, 35 percent didn’t have time to do so because of work or school.

Reps. Eshoo and McEachin first introduced the Election Day Holiday Act in the 115th Congress with 30 cosponsors.