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  •  i think maybe bars should stay open-- (4+ / 0-)

    and give drinks specials to people who've voted.

    I'm envisioning--

    Imagine if Election Day were a national holiday. Not just a national holiday but a national celebration. Freed for the day from work and school, people use the time to both party and do their civic duty. They attend festivals, fairs, food markets, and parades. They form their own parades, caravans of cars that head for the polls, expressing support for a candidate or simply celebrating democracy.

    Far-fetched? Pie-in-the-sky? In fact, the above describes Election Day in Puerto Rico. The day of festivity is part of a culture of voting that has produced high turnout. Citizens in Puerto Rico see voting as a duty, but not a solemn one.

    "It's like a big holiday," says Luis Raul Camara, a Puerto Rican-born political scientist. "Voting is just the culmination of that, just like the 25th is the culmination of Christmas. There's a lot of social incentive to vote."

    •  That sounds fabulous! A block party vote... (0+ / 0-)

      I'm in

      "Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen." Mort Sahl

      by maggiemae on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 05:16:33 PM PDT

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