It’s the community meeting gone mobile.
Mayor Michael Nutter has launched an investigation into the voting problems that were widely reported in Philly during last November’s presidential election, according to a release, and the city is showing its reach by allowing citizens to submit feedback through an online form, text message or phone. Aside from those options, two community meetings will be held to solicit voting stories.
Submit your feedback online here, or call or text (267) 209-FACT. (Include your contact information and your voting location in case the city needs to follow up with you.)
In the past years, city agencies have been using technology to solicit citizen feedback in hopes of reaching a broader audience.
The Philadelphia Police Department has solicited information through various channels, allowing citizens to submit crime tips through an online form, email, text message, mobile app and phone. Check out the breakdown of how many tips were submitted through the various channels here.
The City Planning Commission has also used Textizen, another citizen feedback tool. Built by Philly’s Code for America fellows, it uses ads around the city to prompt Philadelphians with questions and provides a phone number for them to text their answers. Textizen recently won a $350,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to use for scaling the tool. Read more about Textizen here.-30-