McConnell on Senate floor: Making Election Day a holiday is a Democrat plan to win elections
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw a fit on the floor of the Senate today and accused Democrats of trying to steal elections by proposing Election Day a federal holiday.
Think about that for a minute.
McConnell said that all Democrats want to do is give “generous new benefits for federal bureaucrats and government employees” including an Election Day holiday and up to six days of paid leave “for any federal bureaucrat who decides they’d like to hang out at the polls during an election.”
According to Steven Dennis, Bloomberg reporter: "McConnell thinks those federal workers would use their time off and work to elect Democrats."
McConnell then attacked Democrats for trying to offer matching federal funds for candidates under HR 1, which he called "The Democratic Politician Protection Act."
The United States already has low voter turnout among industrialized nations worldwide. McConnell and the Republican Party want to continue that. They are afraid of doing anything that would increase turnout because they fear people voting in mass quantities would equate unparalleled success for Democrats. And, they aren't wrong there. It would spell disaster for their party if people actually voted.
Historically, only a little bit more than half of the population even votes. In 2012, only 53.6% did. Right now, demographically, people who are white, over 65, college-educated, or make at least $50,000 are your main voters. Imagine what would happen if the reverse were true. That's why the GOP doesn't want a federal holiday on Election Day.
If voter suppression is what it takes to keep the GOP in power, that's a bad policy agenda to be apart of.