Coronavirus forces some Colorado cities to try virtual democracy

The Denver Post: As state officials close countless public gathering places to slow the spread of the coronavirus, cities and towns across Colorado are leveraging the latest technology to continue doing their civic duty — though the efforts at virtual democracy haven’t come without fits and starts.

Municipalities across Colorado have long broadcast public meetings on a local cable channel or livestreamed them on the web, but unprecedented crowd restrictions prompted by the pandemic have forced local officials to scramble to keep city and county agendas intact while not violating the requirements of the state’s open meetings laws.

“We don’t want public participation being lost in any of this,” said Lakewood City Councilman Charley Able. “It’s an important part of governance.”

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