CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - City Councilmembers Chris Seelbach and P.G. Sittenfeld have introduced a motion to make general election day an official city holiday in Cincinnati.
In a press release, the councilmembers asked the City Administration to provide a report to the council within 30 days of the passage of the motion.
The report would detail the feasibility of including the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November as an official Cincinnati holiday.
The motion referenced Sandusky, Ohio, which recently designated the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November- General Election Day- as a paid holiday for it’s employees.
Sandusky swapped out Columbus Day for Election Day as a paid holiday. So far, 13 states have made Election Day a paid holiday for state employees, including Montana, Hawaii, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Louisiana and Kentucky.
“Legislation related to the issue of voting rights has too often 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 read.
The motion mentioned that in the 2018 general election, less than 58 percent of eligible voters in Hamilton County cast a ballot.
“For the purpose of allowing City employees the opportunity to fully participate in the democratic process- including, but not limited to, casting a ballot- and to set an example to which will hopefully be followed by other Cincinnati employers,” the motion said.