As Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said voters must ask themselves whether they are better off today than they were six years ago. Six years ago, the country was hemorrhaging hundreds of thousands of jobs per month, the financial system was on the verge of collapse, the deficit was up to a record-breaking $1.4 trillion and combat troops were at great risk in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are we better off today? “Of course,” Sanders said. “We’re facing enormous problems, but we are better off than we were six years ago.”
With such important issues at stake in Tuesday’s election, Sanders said states must "make it easier, not harder, for poor and working people to vote and to participate in the political process.” In many states, new identification laws will have a direct impact on millions of American citizens who do not have a government-issued photo ID. Instead of efforts to suppress the vote, the senator said America's goal should be to generate the largest possible turnout. “Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the opportunity to vote,” Sanders said.