SYRACUSE -- Leaders will be allowed to vote on city matters, even if they are not in attendance, as part of an amendment recently approved to the city's electronic policy.
The city council unanimously voted to amend the policy at a meeting Tuesday, extending voting privileges to members participating via electronic means for two meetings a year.
The previous policy allowed participation in the meetings off-site, but did not allow council members to vote unless they were present.
City Attorney Will Carlson was asked to draft some changes to the policy, to allow voting off-site, but to discourage participants from abusing the privilege. Those changes were discussed briefly in a work session prior to the meeting and passed with little public comment during the council meeting.