A Mandatory Day Off For Major Elections in California? It Could Happen
A day off just to go vote in California?
It could happen. Not that some public employees need another excuse to take a day off on our dime. Unfortunately the people who could really use the paid time off will probably be working anyway.
Still, a proposal for a statewide November voting holiday during even numbered election years got one step closer to reality this week:
Secretary of State Debra Bowen gave backers of the initiative the green light to begin collecting signatures.
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If they get 504,760 valid signatures from registered voters by Sept. 1, you'll be able to vote on this.
The initiative would let you take a day for presidential and gubernatorial elections. (Higher turnout usually favors Democrats, so we're guessing this is a left-side proposal).
This little bit of extra Democracy will cost you, however: State analysts say California would foot an extra $20 million per major election to cover the pay of state employees who want to have a voters' holiday.
Added: To clarify, the measure would declare even-year major election days state holidays, which would be mandatory days off for California employees but optional for all other workplaces -- depending on what the boss says.
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