Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend and everyone’s talking about that extra hour of sleep we’re going to get after we turn the clocks back an hour. But before you get super excited about sleeping in on Sunday, here’s something you may not know — the time change does not apply to everyone in the United States.
However, the confusion over when DST ends, when it starts up again, and which states don’t participate in the time change may finally come to an end if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election on November 8.
Exciting news, right? And what about Donald Trump? What does he have to say about the nonsense known as Daylight Saving Time? Here’s the scoop on what the two presidential candidates have to say about DST, as well as some information on the states and territories that won’t be moving their clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 6.
When you set your clock back for Daylight Saving Time & then realize you just made the election one hour longer. pic.twitter.com/X2eFjOCHAf
— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) October 30, 2016
According to Time and Date, there are currently two states and four U.S. territories that don’t observe Daylight Saving Time. So if you live in Arizona (with the exception of Navajo Nation), Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, the time won’t change on November 6.
Yahoo! Finance reports that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said she would consider ending Daylight Saving Time if she gets elected president.
“I will certainly consider that,” Clinton said at a roundtable campaign event in Las Vegas earlier this year. “I will take a look. I mean, people have talked about it with regard to energy savings and things like that — but getting teenagers up in the morning is hard under any kind of clock. And so let me take that back and think about it.”
— ozmattress.com.au (@ozmattress) October 2, 2016
And Trump? Well, he hasn’t uttered a word about Daylight Saving Time, perhaps because he’s too busy trying to stay on message. However, his supporters seem to be in favor of putting the brakes on Daylight Saving Time, as evidenced by their posts on social media.
According to Yahoo!, “Daylight Savings” and “Trump” have “a lot of hits on Twitter,” including a tweet from Kolby Urban (@kolbytheginger) who prematurely called the Republican nominee “President Trump” in her tweet.
“America will be truly great when President Trump finally ends Daylight Savings Time,” Urban tweeted. “It’s useless!”
America will truly be great when president Trump finally ends daylight savings time. It's useless!
— Kolby Urban (@kolbytheginger) November 2, 2016
It’s a no-brainer that ending Daylight Saving Time won’t be high on the list of priorities for the new president. However, for those who are hoping that one day they won’t have to “Fall Back” or “Spring Forward,” there’s some good news — a number of lawmakers across the country have already given the topic a jumpstart.
According to NBC, legislators in California have had enough of the time change malarkey and want to abolish Daylight Saving Time once and for all. In addition to California, legislation to stop the time change has also been proposed in Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Utah.
— techgamesamuel (@techgamesamuel) November 2, 2015
When and if it will pass is unknown, but perhaps Hillary Clinton will speed up the process if she becomes the next president.
For now, people in all but the states and territories listed above will have to move their clocks back an hour on Sunday. The official time change starts at 2 a.m. on November 6, but most people will change their clocks before they go to bed on Saturday night.
After Daylight Saving Time ends on November 6, it won’t be long before people start asking when it will start again. People who live in states and territories that currently observe DST will have to turn their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12, 2017. And yes, that means you will lose an hour of sleep that weekend.
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