Election Day in New York in 2020

Election Day in New York in 2020

  How long until Election Day?
This holiday next takes place in 118 days.
  Dates of Election Day in New York
2022 Tue, Nov 8Government Holiday
2020 Tue, Nov 3Government Holiday
2018 Tue, Nov 6Government Holiday
Election Day in the USA is the day set by law for the general elections of public officials
  Election Day in other countries
Election Day internationally

Election Day in New York

A floating for State employees in certain bargaining units

When is Election Day?

Election Day is a US State Holiday observed on several states on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November every even-numbered year.

The earliest possible date that Election Day can fall on is November 2nd, and the latest possible date is November 8th.

History of Election Day

Presidential elections are held every four years, in years divisible by four, in which electors for President and Vice President are chosen according to the method determined by each state.

Elections to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are held every two years.

Other state and local government elections may also take place on this day.

Presidential elections began on this date in 1848. It is said that a Tuesday was chosen as in those days it would take many voters more than a day to travel to exercise their democratic right and that they shouldn't have to travel on a Sunday.

According to USA Today, voter turnout peaked in the 19th century, from the 1840s to the 1890s. At that time, Americans were granted a day off from work, and celebrations and public gatherings were frequently arranged. "Even children too young to vote were involved in these festivities, which got them in the practice of civic participation and instilled a sense that it was important and fun," Holly Jackson, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, told the paper.

To encourage voter turnout, Election Day is a civic holiday in several states, while some other states require that workers be allowed to take time off with pay. California Elections Code Section 14000 provides that employees otherwise unable to vote must be allowed two hours off with pay, at the beginning or end of a shift.

In recent years, frustration with low voter turnout has led to a push to designate Election Day as a national holiday. A number of bills to this effect have been introduced in recent years, though to date none have made it through the legislative process.

In November 2014, after a voter turnout of less than 40%, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation to create the holiday called Democracy Day, though it didn't result in any change during the 113th Congress.

Some have noted that Veterans Day is a federal holiday close to Election Day and have suggested merging the two.

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