Tensions heighten among Denver City Council as virtual governing challenges mount

Colorado Politics: The bold new world of doing the public’s business under a pandemic emergency raises more questions than elected leaders can easily answer, including where they do it.

Denver City Council made history on April 6 when it conducted its first-ever virtual meeting, an attempt to maintain social distancing yet continue governing while COVID-19 remains a threat.

The Monday evening meeting was derailed by technical issues, however, as members attempted to do a hybrid-style meeting with seven members gathered physically in the council chambers (albeit far apart), and six participating online through the virtual meeting platform Zoom. The latter group was disconnected mid-meeting, and their voices and votes went unaccounted for.

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