SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, on Wednesday reintroduced a bill in the California State Legislature to make Election Day a state holiday.

The move was prompted by historically low voter turnout during the General Election in November 2014, according to Low’s office, and hopes to remove financial roadblocks for low-income voters. This is the second time the bill has been reintroduced.

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“When less than half of the electorate shows up to vote, our democracy suffers,” Low said in a statement.

The holiday would be scheduled on the first Tuesday in November of each statewide or national election year.

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Low introduced the same bill in February 2017 and 2018, but it died both times. Assembly Bill 177 will now be heard in the Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee over the next several months.

“We need to continue to make voting as easy as possible and this is one way to do it,” coauthor Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with Assemblymember Low on finding a cost-effective way to make the ballot box more accessible.”

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