Why People Don't Vote
Tim Taylor takes a look at the question "Why don't more people vote?" and concludes that there may not be much that we can do about low voter turnout. Perhaps. But I was struck by a couple of the numbers, one for both Presidential elections and the other for of-year elections, of reasons given by people for not voting:
Too busy, conflicting schedule:
Presidential elections: 18.9%
Off-year elections: 28.2%
Presidential elections: 3.3%
Off-year elections: 2.1%
Apparently, both parties do a very good job of getting people who want to vote to the polls. But, equally apparently, there's something about the way in which we schedule elections that is a problem.
We are, so far as I know, the only major country in the world that (1) elects people to political office and (2) holds elections on a day when almost all people work. I would suggest, just as an experiment, that we try holding some elections on, say, Saturdays or Sundays--and that we make national election days also national holidays. You know, like civilized countries do.