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January 31
​Wake County Launches Online Sign-Up Tool for Public Comments

Signing up to speak during Wake County Board of Commissioners’ meetings has just gotten easier.

On Monday, Feb. 3, the county launched a new website where visitors can now sign up electronically to speak during:

  • Public hearings that are focused on specific topics; or
  • The general public comment period when residents can share their thoughts with the board about any issue they choose.

“Providing a platform for residents to voice their thoughts and ideas is central to good government,” said Greg Ford, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “That’s why the board made developing and implementing this tool a top priority.”

On 9 a.m. on any board meeting date, the website – https://boccomment.wakegov.com/ will list the opportunities available for public comment. Residents can review them and sign up for any they find compelling. There is no limit to the number of people who can sign up online.

The website will close the sign-up process at the time the board meeting begins – either 2 p.m. or 5 p.m., depending on the date.

The website is mobile friendly and can be easily accessed from anywhere, making it a more efficient alternative to waiting in line outside the boardroom to sign up on a handwritten list as in the past. The county will place a kiosk in the spot where the paper sign-up sheet used to be.

Public Comment1.jpgA staff member will monitor the kiosk and help residents successfully complete the sign-up process. The kiosk option eliminates the need for residents to have a computer or mobile device with internet access to sign up. 

To avoid a line forming at the kiosk, the county will place large banners featuring QR codes at the entrances to the board room. Residents can easily use the camera on their phone or tablet to take a photo of the QR code, which will automatically open the website and allow them to sign up to speak.

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