STATEWIDE — Some states have already made Election Day a holiday.
Others have created laws that enable employers to be flexible in allowing their employees to go out and vote.
Rep. Benjamin Collings, D-Portland, shed light on some that have enacted that change.
“In Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, New York, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio and New Jersey,” said Collings. “I believe those states have the holiday.”
Collings said there are at least 10 states where they have declared it a holiday.
He said other states have found a way to encourage voting.
“There are 29 or 30 states that either give paid or unpaid time off,” said Collings.
Legislative Analyst Lynne Caswell said the secretary of state, among others, is in favor of the bill.
However, she said some of those opposed include school board members.
“Their concern is education and voting are both equally important,” Caswell said.
Rep. Randall Greenwood, R-Wales, said there are other ways to vote other than in person on Election Day.
“We have pretty liberal constraints where you can request an absentee ballot 30 days in advance,” said Greenwood. “There are ways to participate in the process, so I don’t really see the need to have this as a law. So I will be voting no to both of these bills.”
The committee members voted to recommend the legislature defeat this bill.
The full legislature is expected to vote on the bill within the next few weeks.