Written By: Ishton W. Morton – February 19th, 2019
Regardless to what anyone has to say about Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld announcement on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 that him and fellow councilmember Chris Seelbach have filed a motion to declare general election day a paid holiday is nothing short of bribery.
Subsequently, bribery is defined as the act of giving or receiving something of value in exchange for some kind of influence or action in return, that the recipient will otherwise not offer. Bribery is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
Essentially, bribery is offering to do something for someone for the expressed purpose of receiving something in exchange.
It is a given fact that Sittenfeld is already campaigning to be Mayor of the City of Cincinnati. By filing a motion to declare the general election day a paid holiday will be to influence them to look favorably at him on Election Day. However, will or may be considered as an act of bribery.
Additionally, a bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. It may be money, goods, rights in action, property, privilege, objects of value, advantage, or merely a promise to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.
Many types of payments or favors can constitute bribes: tips, gift, sop, skim favor, discount, waived fee/ticket, free food, free ad, free trip, free tickets, sweetheart deal, kickback/payback, funding, inflated sale of an object or property or lucrative contract.
The word on the street is; Cincinnati may soon have more in common with Sandusky, Ohio other than just popular theme parks.
Pursuant to Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld announcement on Sunday that him and his fellow councilmember Chris Seelbach have filed a motion to declare general election day a paid holiday. Where is the truth?
Sittenfeld believes that his motion is fundamental to issues of voting rights. He think too often voting is focused on creating hurdles to the ballot box rather than finding commonsense solutions that encourage every voter to participate in the democratic process — whether that person is a Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise,” the motion document reads.
Sittenfeld’s basic presupposition here is enormously misleading and distrustful. By-the-way, deception is defined as an act or statement which misleads, hides the truth, or promotes a belief, concept, or idea that is not true. It is often done for personal gain or advantage. Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, and sleight of hand, as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment. Also, there seems to be self-deception, as in bad faith. Moreover, it can be called, with varying subjective implications, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, ruse, or subterfuge.
Specifically, the motion proposes that city administration provide an ordinance to include general election day as an official city holiday, “for the purpose of allowing city employees the opportunity to fully participate in the democratic process — including, but not limited to, casting a ballot.”
Additionally, the document tries to make the point that, in the 2018 election, fewer than 58% of eligible voters made it to the polls.
However, 2018 was a midterm election year, which has historically drawn fewer voters than presidential election years. Statewide, the average voter turnout in 2018 was approximately 55% — the highest midterm turnout since 1994, when 57% of eligible voters headed to the polls during the Clinton administration.
Subsequently, Sandusky, Ohio, is discarding Columbus Day in favor of Election Day as a paid holiday in a decision that officials hope sends a message that the city values voting rights and diversity over a contentious holiday that many Americans already don’t celebrate.
Furthermore, regarding Sandusky’s decision to discard Columbus Day in favor of Election Day as a paid holiday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, told WCPO; “I’m skeptical about whether it actually results in more people voting, but if it does, that’s a great thing. The first thought I had is that, now that the city of Sandusky has done that, the Erie County Board of Elections should have an easier time recruiting poll workers that day. Every county is always looking for civic-minded poll workers to come out and work on Election Day at the polls, and that’s a struggle in every county to recruit enough people from both parties to come out and work the polls.”
He continued to say; “Ultimately, we knew that Columbus Day was a day that all of our citizens couldn’t necessarily be proud of celebrating. One of the things we’re doing is to begin to celebrate and build on the strength that is our diversity. Eric Wobser, Sandusky’s city manager, told The Washington Post, adding that the city has passed anti-discrimination legislation. Columbus Day was not a way for us to show that we value our diversity.”
Additionally, Sandusky has a population of approximately 25,000 people with a 70% Caucasian, 23% Black and 7% Hispanic.
According to the Sandusky Register, the City of Sandusky has about 200 government employees that would receive paid time off the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
According to Wobser; officials are hoping to convince local private companies to observe the holiday, as well. Nationwide, more than 300 companies pledged to give their employees paid time off on Election Day last year, despite the absence of federal regulation.
Thusly, Sandusky, Ohio is the only known city that has made such a move. Although getting people to the polls is an enormously good idea; Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld announcement on Sunday that him and his fellow councilmember Chris Seelbach have filed a motion to declare general election day a paid holiday is reddened with hidden agendas. It is filled with self-deception.