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‘LBTS Commission wants Internet straw polls’

‘To get a better understanding of its resident’s opinions, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea wants to poll residents through the town’s Web site in addition gathering responses by phone and mail.

Commissioners recently discussed offering straw polls on the town’s site to gain a larger and wider audience of voters, where both residents and businesses can take part.

“Rather than take up clerical time to answer calls, people with computers [could] register with the Web site [to vote],” Commissioner Stuart Dodd said. “I think we’ll get a greater response and better feedback.”

Over the summer, the town executed its first straw poll through its newsletter, Town Topics, about the possibility of opening a dog beach. About 239 respondents voted by submitting their full names via mail or phone responses for resident verification.

Commissioner James Silverstone said he supports the idea if there is a way to guarantee residents can only vote once via the Web site.

“There needs to be some type of integrity, but then again with computers, there’s always a way to manipulate stuff,” he said.’

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This seems intrusive…it’s one thing to see the transactions on the Property Appraisers Public Records site…or read it in the transactions in the local news…but a background on the buyers/sellers…with location of the property….might cause those buyers/sellers some concern….as they are private citizens, not public servants…

more to come….

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