(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / January 22, 2021) – This week, the City of Stillwater surveyed local residents on public meeting participation options using FlashVote, an online surveying tool. City officials were seeking data on how residents feel about holding public meetings virtually.
Background: Starting March 18, 2020, the Oklahoma Legislature temporarily allowed local governments like the Stillwater City Council to hold virtual public meetings using videoconferencing (like Zoom) or teleconferencing (sound-only) platforms to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. On November 16, 2020, public meetings went back to in-person only participation.
Key Survey Results:
80.0% of local respondents indicated that “citizens should have the option to participate in public meetings in-person or by using videoconferencing or teleconferencing (sound-only) platforms.”
While 43.2% agreed that all officials should be able to choose to attend public meetings in person or by using a videoconferencing platform.
For more results, visit FlashVote’s survey on public meetings. Be sure to use the drop down filters like age, gender and location to interpret the results.
Don't miss the next FlashVote. Sign up here: https://www.flashvote.com/stillwaterok
Stillwater is the first city in Oklahoma to start using FlashVote, a scientific survey service provider. The surveys are five questions or less and take no more than one to two minutes to fill out. The surveys will cover a wide range of topics.
When residents sign up, they get to determine how they want to receive the surveys — whether by email, text or phone call. They will receive a notification whenever there is a new survey, and they will have 48 hours to participate before voting closes. Once the survey is closed, anyone who participated will receive the results and will see how his or her responses compare to the group.
FlashVote works to engage residents by making participation simple and anonymous. While personal information is not shared with the City, it does allow for localized reports.
Residents can sign up quickly via the web at https://www.flashvote.com/stillwaterok
To sign up by phone, call 775.235.2340 and mention you want to sign up for FlashVote in Stillwater. Residents who choose to participate can also opt out at any time. User information is not shared with other organizations.
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