On Thursday, May 27th, Jenna Robinson submitted the following public comment to the UNC Board of Governors:
Dear Chairman Ramsey and Board of Governors Members,
I am writing to urge you to continue taking roll call votes during UNC Board of Governors meetings, including committee meetings.
Although roll call votes were implemented as a necessary change during the coronavirus pandemic, they have proved to be an excellent addition to the Board’s proceedings. Roll call votes show North Carolina citizens that the Board is transparent, accountable, and engaged.
Roll call votes also have practical benefits. The use of roll call votes adds clarity to meetings and ensures that journalists and observers understand the Board’s actions and can report on them accurately. Even while sitting in the same room, it can be difficult to note how each board member votes when they all speak at the same time. Continuing to hold roll call votes will also be helpful for viewers who watch Board meetings online instead of attending in person.
Today’s use of the roll call during the consideration of the waiver for standardized tests underscores the usefulness of the roll call vote.
I hope you consider continuing to take the roll for all votes moving forward.
As always, thank you for your service to UNC and to the people of North Carolina.
Jenna A. Robinson
Public comments are accepted online prior to each regular UNC Board of Governors meeting. They can be submitted here.