I replied to your post on the BBS, so I'll just copy my response here:
I like the idea of a day off to vote. I understand that voting in Australia is compulsory, so a national holiday would almost be a requirement. In Canada, the law is that eligible voters must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If one’s hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, their employer must give them time off. (There are also advance polls, of course).
I don’t know the rule in other countries, or if that would be enough time in the US, given the stories I read about hours-long wait times to vote, which don’t happen here.
Cue the economists going, “but…but…productivity…GDP…APOCALYPSE”.
Added your correction. What about those who work on the weekend, shift workers and such?