Officials in a midstate borough can now cast votes via Skype

Written by Lillian Reed, The Evening Sun | Jun 24, 2016 12:06 PM

(Hanover) -- Hanover Borough Council members can now officially cast votes using teleconferencing tools such as Skype.

Council voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt an ordinance allowing for tele-votes under certain conditions. Council representative Marjorie Libertini was not present for the meeting.

Hanover has had council members phone into meetings in the past, but the borough has never had an official guideline for how it should be done, manager Michael O'Rourke said Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs suggested the borough adopt an ordinance spelling out a clear way for teleconferencing to be conducted, O'Rourke said.

The ordinance dictates that there must be a quorum in council chambers in order for a member to be allowed to Skype into a meeting. There must also be both audio and visual access to the meeting. Should someone need to recuse him- or herself from the vote, that individual would need to remain in the room for the teleconferencing council member to be able to vote, O'Rourke said.

This story comes to us as part of a partnership between WITF and The Hanover Evening Sun.

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