City Commission votes to make Election Day a civic holiday

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 7:47 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Tallahassee City Commission unanimously voted to make Election Day a civic holiday. The change only applies to City employees.

However, Dailey said he’s hoping the city government can be an example and spur others to give employees the day off to vote as well.

Multiple states have declared Election Day to be a civic holiday, from Delaware, to Hawaii, to Virginia.

Dailey said he’s excited about the opportunity.

“Election Day comes every other year, and it’s one day. And as we look across the country, voter suppression laws are being passed, I think it’s important for Tallahassee to take a step forward,” said Dailey. “Voting is a right in this country, and it is a human right in this country, and I think the city should do everything we possibly can to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.”

According to staff report in the agenda item, the official holiday came at a cost of about $67,000 to the City in election years. That’s for employee overtime for the departments that work when all employees cannot observe the holiday, such as utilities, fire and police.

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