Using ARPA Funds to Upgrade Your Meetings

As local governments across the nation near the deadline to allocate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds—Dec. 31st, 2024—strategic technological investments emerge as a powerful avenue for modernization and efficiency. Among the possibilities, allocating resources to electronic voting systems stands out as a transformative step toward transparent and inclusive governance. Here are three compelling reasons why local governments should prioritize the adoption of electronic voting systems using ARPA funds:

1. Enhance Transparency and Accessibility

Electronic voting systems offer unparalleled transparency in the decision-making processes of local government entities. By utilizing meeting displays that communicate meeting activity such as vote results, citizens attending in-person or online via streaming can easily follow along with the meeting.

Additionally, electronic voting systems facilitate remote participation, enabling more flexibility and accessibility in public meetings. By investing in these systems, local governments demonstrate a commitment to transparency and inclusivity, fostering trust and confidence among constituents.

The Williamson County School Board uses the OpenMeeting electronic voting system in their board meetings.

Eau Claire County in Wisconsin uses the ARPA-eligible OpenMeeting electronic voting system to better present themselves and their meetings to citizens, boosting public trust and confidence.

2. Streamline Meeting Processes

The adoption of electronic voting systems streamlines meeting processes, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of local government operations. Traditional verbal voting methods are time-consuming, difficult for the public to follow, and require manual counting. In contrast, electronic voting systems automate voting procedures, reducing administrative burdens and boosting efficiency.

Additionally, these systems provide built-in features such as agenda management and automatic meeting minutes. By boosting efficiency, electronic voting systems enable local governments to focus resources on strategic initiatives that drive community progress and well-being.

3. Foster Innovation and Future-Readiness

Investing in electronic voting systems positions local governments at the forefront of innovation and future-readiness. As technology continues to evolve, traditional governance practices must adapt to meet the evolving needs and expectations of constituents. Electronic voting systems pave the way for modernization in decision-making, enabling local governments to embrace digital transformation and harness the power of technology to better serve their community.

By proactively investing in electronic voting systems, local governments demonstrate their commitment to innovation and readiness for the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

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The OpenMeeting electronic voting and request-to-speak system is ARPA-eligible. Request a demo today to learn how OpenMeeting can transform your meetings.

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