Why the need for a state holiday?
The creation of state holidays for statewide primary and general election days would eliminate the dilemma in which some people find themselves on election day, trying to get off work. Not all workers can get off work for voting. This holiday would eliminate this barrier for not voting. It would also mean that reluctant employers would need to let their employees go, even if for a short time, to vote.
The bills would also place limits on voting by mail. The bill's statement of intent states in part "...Those who need to vote early may do so at the county election office or the county clerk's office. Only military personnel and those living in a registered nursing home or assisted living facility may vote by mail..."