Tuesday is Election Day, and while most stores and government offices will be open, some will be closed.
Eleven states and Puerto Rico have declared Election Day a civic holiday — Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. That means that in those states, government offices, with the exception of election offices, will be closed on Tuesday and non-essential state workers will have the day off.
In 2019, House Democrats proposed a plan to make Election Day a federal holiday, but the legislation was not passed.
A 2018 Pew survey found that 71% of Democratic-leaning voters and 59% of Republican-leaning voters favored the idea of making Election Day a federal holiday. Many surveyed said they favored making Election Day a holiday because it was difficult to get the time off to make it to the polls to vote.
Some businesses allow workers time off to cast a ballot.
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