At the December 6, 2006 meeting of the

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

, Rio District Supervisor David Slutzky shared an update

on his plans

to launch a website for constituent referendums. Under other business by Board members, Mr. Slutzky announced

would launch in early 2007 and the website allow him to conduct online referendums with Rio district voters.  All registered voters in his  district will be mailed an invitation to participate.

Mr. Slutzky says his goal is to engage the public in an electronic village where he will share, on 3-4 occasions a year, an issue on which he wants constituent feedback.  Mr. Slutzky says that when he receives an overwhelming level of support for a position, citing an 80% level of support as an example, he suggests he will rely on that sentiment for his vote.  He encouraged his Supervisor colleagues to join as a guest on the website and offered the platform to them should they want to create their own electronic villages in the future.

Of course, you don’t have to wait.  You can start talking to your government

right now

by using the


on our


and by adding a comment to this discussion.

What do you think about online polls by our local politicians?

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Brian Wheeler


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