Time is money

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3:52 EDT
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Got to love Rachel Maddow, for explaining that long lines at polling places are a poll tax.

Having the time to take off to vote is a privilege of the middle and upper classes. Working class voters have the technical right to take the time to vote, but in reality there’s little to no realistic recourse against a boss who says that you can’t spend all day voting because you have to work.

It’s tempting to say that a national holiday would help, but unfortunately, the sort of people who can’t take time off to vote are also the same people whose bosses can and do make them work holidays.

Please, if you see any funny business at the polling places, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE and report the problem. If they can help, they will.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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