This wouldn't make it easier for anyone to vote other than government employees.
This isn't true. Many, if not most institutions would still close if it was a federal holiday. My business is directly impacted by banks. If the banks are closed, we're closed. Sure, loads of places would still be open. But that's true on Christmas and MLK Jr day and Veterans Day and Memorial Day and your birthday, it doesn't mean that's a reason to not make it a federal holiday.
To throw some data on this, according to this study released in 2016
, about a third of the workforce works on weekends/holidays (Table 4).
Kind of interesting how evenly distributed it is based on different education levels, would have thought this was skewed much more unfavorably to those without high school/college degrees, yet those are actually the best off. Those with advanced degrees are actually the most likely to work on a weekend/holiday (36.4%) compared to those with less than a high school diploma (31.8%) and high school graduates with no college (28.0%).
As for other holidays, many people have Memorial Day off, but only a very small portion of the population attends Memorial Day observances. Similar outcome for Veterans Day, Labor Day and all the rest. There is no guarantee or even reason to believe that people who are not already inclined to vote would make voting a priority because it is a holiday. It would just be more time off.
This is where I'm at. I think a federal holiday would be great in theory, and right in line with US ideals (land of the free, democracy, etc.), but it would accomplish nothing. People use "not having time" as an excuse, but it's really just an excuse, if they had the time they'd find something else to do other than a chore like voting (kind of like going to the gym).
I feel like this is the Democrat's "Welfare Queen", or their version of drug testing welfare recipients
, sounds good in theory, but ends up just being a waste. I really don't think it would have an impact. And who knows, it might even decrease voting, "ya I'm willing to arrive at work late/leave work early to go vote, but I'm not going to get out of bed early, or leave this holiday party early to vote." or "how am I not going to take a trip out of town when I have the day off?"