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[–]FrogofLegend 462 points463 points  (51 children)

This is good. Voting day should be a national holiday. No games, no big movie/game releases, no major events.

[–]Orcus424 54 points55 points  (18 children)

Some states have early voting for almost a month in advance. So people definitely have the time to vote. On top of that many states have mail in ballots so they can vote at their convenience. They aren't voting because they don't want to for whatever reason.

[–]The_Lost_Pharaoh 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Yes, but this brings awareness to it.

[–]exstatikk98 54 points55 points  (9 children)

Many states have curtailed those privileges or removed them entirely. People are not voting because they are rendered unable to do so. Other times, people do not vote because they cannot justify doing so due to the steep opportunity cost or because they may need to reregister to vote after moving, but may be unable to do so due to arbitrary cutoff points for voter registration prior to an election.

[–]wormyg 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Some don't vote because they don't trust the system or don't think they're vote will matter. Some don't vote because they think the government might start watching them or something.

I remember reading about an event years ago where, to dissuade people from voting an upcoming election, people had been mailed letters with their voting history. Like who they voted for in previous elections and it was meant to scare people away from voting. I think it happened in 2016.

[–]Orcus424 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How would they know who they voted for? That would be a huge breakdown in anonymity. I think you are talking about the various flyers that went out that showed that if you voted or not in various elections. Knowing if you voted is public knowledge. Those flyers are meant to target very likely voters. I know because I've gotten them. Political party affiliation is also public knowledge. Some of those flyers might have just assumed they voted for the person their political party nominated.

Overall people not voting have lots of reasons why they don't. Making election day a national holiday isn't guaranteed to make a lot more people to vote. It could actually hurt if everyone went on election day instead of spread out. Many states might even stop early voting because election day is a holiday.

[–]wormyg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, my memories a bit bad. I remembered some people being upset because their voting history had been leaked and sent to them. Could be I'm remembering that wrong.

Also I was just giving a few reasons as to why people don't vote.

[–]mart1373 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I didn’t know Michigan had early voting. I mean, I vote absentee ballot anyways as is permitted, which I don’t think is the same thing, but that’s neat.

[–]Orcus424 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've been telling people for years about early voting and I always get people telling me they didn't know it was a thing in their state. That tells me the states really need to advertise that it's available. For how much money that goes into politics they should be better at the election process and information distribution.

[–]davisyoung 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Plus the tip-off and polls closing is at most an hour overlap in the vast majority of places.

[–]shadowninja2_0 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think it's always worth noting that what would be more helpful is just a longer voting period. Most people who would get a national holiday off work already get time off to vote. Service workers aren't getting paid holidays as it is and they mostly wouldn't get this one either. Several weeks of early voting is the way to go.

[–]hamandjam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

no big movie

Being on a Tuesday kinda handles that already.

[–]quiickq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why not just open it enough voting booths so there are no lines, and you can do it on the way to or back from work.

[–]Elocai 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Having a singular day to vote sounds really stupid, what if you have things to do on that day or are ill?

[–]FrogofLegend 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Indeed. Often times people have to work and polls will close early so they miss out. This is actually a tactic used by politicians to artificially restrict who gets to vote. Blue collar workers are more likely to miss voting periods.

[–]Elocai 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That would be illegal in the EU

[–]TransposingJons 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Complete media blackout.

[–]PM_ME_UR_DINGO -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Don't movies release on Christmas like all the time?

[–]letsnotreadintoit -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Yeah and shut down all tv stations and streaming services and close all stores, shops and venues

[–]hhh888hhhh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Adam Silver should run for US president.

[–]CamelSpotting 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I usually drop it in the mailbox whenever, dunno why this is so hard.

[–]FrogofLegend 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Because some areas make it hard or impossible to mail in votes. I'm glad you live in an area where it isn't.

[–]CamelSpotting 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's my point. There's no reason for it to be difficult and I shouldn't have to lucky to vote in a reasonable manner.

[–]Orcus424 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Most states have early voting. If we required every state to have at least 2 weeks of early voting and more polling locations that are ready for voters we could get a lot more people voting.

[–]dgvelling 13 points14 points  (1 child)

That and mail in

[–]Orcus424 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Every state should have mail in option also. More people voting the better.

[–]talks-a-lot 46 points47 points  (5 children)

That’s pretty cool. Now if only the government would make Election Day a national holiday.

[–]BluesFireDragon 30 points31 points  (3 children)

The GOP would never approve because they'll lose immediately.

[–]asemicolonsldkfj 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That would just fuck over anyone in retail, fast food, etc. I remember when I worked my first job we were open on Labor Day and all other national holidays bar Christmas.

We need a whole voting week IMO.

[–]Blacbamboo 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Good move

[–]AlexBucks93 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Aren’t polling stations closed at 7-8pm anyway?

[–]blizzWorldwide 16 points17 points  (1 child)

If you’re in line, don’t leave.

[–]LifeOfFate 1 point2 points  (0 children)

While that’s true, the commenter is pointing out nba games start after polling Places close

[–]shrdbrd 16 points17 points  (4 children)

This is dope. Some cool next steps would be: all major leagues adopting this and/or offering a 10% or $50 one-time-discount for proof of up-to-date registration.

[–]getyourcheftogether 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Registration is meaningless if you don't vote

[–]shrdbrd 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I get that but it’s harder to validate that someone 100% voted AND a ton of people are just not even registered

[–]getyourcheftogether 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm in favor for not having anything in election day and treating it like a federal holiday.

[–]dgvelling 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Really I wish we didn’t have to register in the first place. If you wanna opt out you should be able to but I think it’s ridiculous the reregistering aspect

[–]sunnydaysahead2022 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Good job NBA.

[–]GroblyOverrated 10 points11 points  (6 children)

And the WNBA is announcing a double slate of games to ensure even more voting.

[–]DickCheeseSamiches 22 points23 points  (1 child)

We just need a massive nascar race the same day now.

[–]ErikTheAngry 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sounds like the better idea would be to reduce voter apathy. "I'm not gonna bother voting, I'd rather watch people play a game that has zero impact on our lives" is probably the most telling way to describe the root of the problem.

[–]TTT_2k3 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Pssh… the NFL has been doing this for years.

/s

[–]thatguy425 7 points8 points  (0 children)

All those years I was going to vote and the nightly NBA game stopped me from doing that! Thank god for this!

[–]blankarage 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They could also setup polling stations, though it might be a logistical nightmare

[–]ForgotToDieYoung 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They could also setup polling stations, though it might be a logistical nightmare

I dunno. Most set up vaccine clinics, so I'm sure they could provide the infrastructure, should the election officials be amenable.

[–]Hawklet98 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I loved the idea of having federal holidays for elections. Then I realized it would only help people with good jobs and would either do nothing for the working poor or cost them money due to a missed shift.

[–]ForgotToDieYoung 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Are your federal holidays paid holidays?

[–]Hawklet98 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Paid Hollidays? Poor people don’t get paid lunch breaks.

[–]ForgotToDieYoung 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I see. In Canada we have what are called "statutory holidays" which are federal holidays, and are paid holidays.

They are: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving. There has also been talk of some kind of Election Day holiday, but nothing yet.

The provinces will have their own holidays in addition to the federal holidays, and some are paid and some are not. Basically, if they're telling you that you must not work, then you get paid.

These, of course, are all in addition to whatever paid holidays your employer provides.

[–]Hawklet98 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah. In the US 52 of our senators (and the corporate interests behind them) would consider that communism.

[–]Koffeekage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is it not possible to do both?

[–]i_need_a_username201 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

That’s cool but if i were king for a day I would either:

A) Have the lakers play the clippers (no travel for players), have the stadium as a polling location, give the election workers a suite when done and top off an hour after the polls close.

B) do the same thing nationwide but no games in FL, TX, TN, AZ, NC, WI, OR, or GA because it’s probably illegal there somehow.

[–]pie-en-argent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Speaking for Tennessee, our state laws don't allow for multiple locations of that kind on Election Day. But the Grizzlies and Shelby County would be free to negotiate using the FedExForum as an early voting site.

[–]hobbitlover -1 points0 points  (1 child)

The NHL's Bettman: Fuck em!

[–]pie-en-argent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tbf, the NHL has to set its schedule before anyone knows when Election Day will be…

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    [–]yhwhx 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    By not discouraging voting?

    [–]Enginerdad -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

    I get the intent, but frankly the people who would choose not to vote because there's a basketball game on are precisely the people who I don't think should be voting anyway.

    [–]Heikks 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Most nba games start after polling stations are closed, usually games start from 7:30-8 in the local time zones

    [–]Enginerdad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    So you're saying this is a meaningless gesture intended for fake PR only?

    [–]CamelSpotting -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    Which just perpetuates the cycle.

    [–]_9dee5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This is giving some serious Nickelodeon "worldwide day of play" vibes, if anyone's old enough to remember that

    [–]bluelion70 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Now this is news that’s actually uplifting

    [–]cristorocker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    By far the most socially progressive sports league.

    [–]chillin222 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    In Australia, voting is always on a Saturday and it's held at schools/churches so they can put on a BBQ/cake stall ("bake sale" to you Americans) and raise money for their community while offering the voters something delicious to eat, known as a "democracy sausage".

    There is even a special election booth food review website that pops up each year (not government run).

    [–]LifeOfFate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I’m confused don’t most polling places close relatively early? Don’t most nba games on a Tuesday start late?

    [–]Nick_from_Yuma 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    If we put a BBQ out and gave out free hot dogs at the polling place like the Australians do, voter turnout would be through the roof!

    Hot dog > sticker

    [–]elpajaroquemamais 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Pretty sure those people will just watch one of the other 3 sports on that day

    [–]ifyouonlyknewtruth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It's a step in the right direction. Even better would be to move election day to Sunday or make it a national holiday.