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S. 1969 (114th): Democracy Day Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Aug 5, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

President Obama made headlines last week by publicly supporting making Election Day a national holiday, which would mean (almost) everybody would have the day off from work. (He announced his support in an interview with a college journalist for the Rutgers Daily Targum, no less.) Obama had previously endorsed several other measures to make voting easier — such as the automatic voter registration, increased use of early voting, and more rigorous enforcement and blocking of state-enacted voter ID laws — but this represented one of his boldest leaps in that policy area.

There is a proposal in Congress to codify this change — a bill introduced by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT ...


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1969

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 5, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To designate Federal election day as a public holiday.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Democracy Day Act of 2015.

2.

Federal election day as a public holiday

(a)

In general

Section 6103(a) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the matter relating to Columbus Day, the following undesignated paragraph:

Federal Election Day, the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year..

(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 241(b) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20981(b)) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (10); and

(2)

by redesignating paragraphs (11) through (19) as paragraphs (10) through (18), respectively.