Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Voting For Students
This story from Inside Higher Ed about students asking for university-wide holidays from classes on Election Day is interesting. I agree with the professors that student's shouldn't necessarily get special privileges that other working adults don't -- often students have far more flexible schedules than hourly employees do -- but why shouldn't election day be on a weekend or why shouldn't Congress make it a national holiday? Rather than encouraging voting, we're actually discouraging people by not giving flexibility to those that need it to exercise voting rights. It almost seems silly that someone can get fired for exercising the right to vote -- especially given the long lines we might be seeing on Election Day.