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Why Isn't Election Day A Holiday?

Tuesday isn't exactly a convenient day for most people to vote.

U.S. voter turnout is super low. We're 31st out of 35 nations a part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development when you look at turnout among the voting age population. Only about 53.6 percent of the voting age population votes.

Of those who registered but didn't vote in 2014, 35 percent had work or school conflicts.

Which begs the question: Why don't we get a day off from work and school to vote? 

SEE MORE: The 'I Voted' Sticker Is Just One Big Psychological Hack

Election Day was first established on a Tuesday in 1845 because that was convenient for the farmers who were voting at the time.

Since then, Congress has introduced bills to make Election Day a holiday or move it to the weekend, but they haven't passed.

So what do you think the U.S. could do to increase voter turnout?

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