If you’re a Republican, you’re convinced every one’s dead grandmother, felons, illegal immigrants and more are going to be casting a vote. It’s the Democratic game plan.
It you’re a Democrat, you just know that voters will be prevented from voting, ballots will be lost, machines will be rigged and more. It’s the Republican game plan.
New technologies are invented because the old technologies were suspect. Longer lines from having to learn how to use these new methods of voting.
“Fraud. Fraud,” greets each new story of some irregularity. ACORN and Diebold, registrations and restrictions, machinations about machines, Photo ID and same day registration, everyone’s got their villain or villains.
And all this happened because of a few hanging chads in southeast Florida.
6.76 Time off for voting.
(1) Any person entitled to vote at an election is entitled to be absent from work while the polls are open for a period not to exceed 3 successive hours to vote. The elector shall notify the affected employer before election day of the intended absence. The employer may designate the time of day for the absence.
(2) No penalty, other than a deduction for time lost, may be imposed upon an elector by his or her employer by reason of the absence authorized by this section.
(3) This section applies to all employers including the state and all political subdivisions of the state and their employees, but does not affect the employees’ right to holidays existing on June 28, 1945, or established after that date.
History: 1977 c. 394; 1991 a. 316.
One solution suggested by some is to make election day a holiday. Would people be more likely to vote then? Perhaps. In this day of incentives, an alternative may be to give businesses incentives to allow employees time to vote.