Virginia Makes Election Day a Holiday Instead of This

The Virginia House voted to remove Lee-Jackson Day from the state holiday schedule and replace it with Election Day.

Lee-Jackson Day, observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honors Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. It was founded more than a century ago and has been marked by parades and Civil War reenactments, although those events have become increasingly smaller over the years.

The bill, which passed this week after the Virginia Senate approved an identical bill last month, seeks to make Election Day a holiday. Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has expressed support for the legislation being pushed by the Democratic-controlled legislature and said allowing Virginians to have the day off would give them better access to the polls.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.