The City of Georgetown is initiating a new platform to receive quick, regular feedback from its residents. Georgetown residents can now sign up for FlashVote, a survey tool that allows residents to have a voice in city government through text, email, or voice responses.
“I encourage all our residents to sign up,” City Manager David Morgan said. “It only takes one minute, about once a month, to help make our city better.”
FlashVote is a public survey research platform used to recruit a panel of residents representative of the entire community to answer short surveys. Starting today, residents may receive a text message from FlashVote with a chance to sign up.
FlashVote is designed to gather feedback within 48 hours, allowing City government to quickly get useful and statistically valid information from residents. The City plans to continue other outreach and survey efforts, such as community town halls, online surveys, and the biannual resident survey administered by Texas State University.
“FlashVote is a tool the City is using to enhance, not replace, our current public engagement efforts,” said Aly Van Dyke, communications and public engagement director. “We know folks are busy, and we want to make engaging with the City quick and easy.”
Sign-up takes less than one minute, and survey data is anonymous. Residents can also sign up at flashvote.com/georgetowntx or call 775-235-2240 to participate by phone. Personal or demographic information collected by FlashVote is never shared with the City or anyone else.
When residents sign up, they can determine how they want to participate in surveys with options for text, email, or phone call. They will receive a notification whenever there is a new survey, and they will have 48 hours to participate before voting closes. Once a survey is closed, everyone who participated will automatically receive a summary of the overall results and be able to see how their responses compare to the group.
Responses from FlashVote surveys will be used to inform City decisions on services, programs, and initiatives.
“We’re very excited to use the input collected in these surveys to inform decision making at the City in ways that serve our residents better,” Morgan said.
The first surveys will be sent once the number of people who have signed up is large enough and includes a cross section of the community. Look for the first surveys to start later this year.
Join your friends and neighbors and sign up today at flashvote.com/georgetowntx.