Singer James Taylor discussed politics and election reform during a speech at the National Press Club on Friday.
“We have a day off for 4th of July. For Independence Day, Patriot’s Day. Washington and Lincoln’s birthday, Veteran’s Day, we have MLK day. Why can’t we get a day off to go to the polls?” Taylor asked.
Taylor said the polls should be open longer and criticized voter ID laws.
“There are a lot of people in the country … who want fewer people to vote,” Taylor said. “These voter ID laws that are in the name of preventing voter fraud, I think, it’s a solution without a problem. …It’s just a bad idea in my opinion.”
Taylor, an Obama supporter, said much of his ambition during the last election was due to the eight years of the Bush presidency.
“It was a tough time for me,” Taylor said. “I really suffered. It made me deeply ambivalent about my country. That we would choose that – even if we may not have actually chosen it – that that was what represented us in the world.”
Taylor said he’s optimistic that Democrats and Republicans can come together to solve the nation’s problems.
“I think that by ourselves liberals would probably steer us to a sort of paralyzed nanny state, European style,” the singer said. “And Republicans left to their own would head toward oligarchy of inherited wealth and power. So I think that we really do need a strong Republican Party and a good dialogue between left and right.”