Beaver Dam Elected Officials Can Cast Votes Virtually

(Beaver Dam) Elected officials in Beaver Dam no longer have to be in council chambers to cast a vote. The city council approved an ordinance change at their most recent meeting to allow remote attendance for a quorum. The wording allows for a member of the governmental body, or any other person, to appear by telephone, video conference, or other remote method of participation. City Attorney Maryann Schact says the update to city code was sparked by the pandemic and undertaken after a great deal of discussion with city attorneys. Schact calls it “a start.” Alderman Ken Anderson cast lone vote against the change, citing the increased possibility of fraud. Anderson says the ordinance does not go far enough because it does not require video in casting a vote. Remote attendance via email is not permitted under the ordinance change.