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UPDATED June 1: The Hybrid Town Meeting Study Committee has been conducting a survey of residents about the potential usefulness of a hybrid Town Meeting in future years. The study committee, created by a Town Meeting vote, is examining the options and requirements for conducting the meeting with both in-person and remote participation.

The deadline for responding to the survey was Friday, May 31.

The committee asks residents to answer a survey about to what extent they view the current in-person-only Town Meeting format as a barrier to their participation -- and whether the ability to participate remotely would increase their interest in serving on Town Meeting.

Town Meeting in recent years has been live-streamed by local-cable television station ACMi, so it can be viewed remotely. However, meeting members themselves are required to come to Town Hall to vote and otherwise take part in the proceedings, including the recently concluded annual Town Meeting.

The town website describes Town Meeting as "the Legislative branch of Arlington. It is made up of 252 representatives from 21 precincts. It is governed by the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 43A, Standard Form of Representative Town Meeting Government and the Town of Arlington Bylaw Title I- General Government, Article 1."

This news announcement was published Monday, April 15, 2024, based on information from the town website. It was updated May 31 to indicate that today is the final day to answer the survey.