Juneau's tourism Web poll is under way

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

As of this morning, 812 people had participated in Juneau's first round of tourism Web polling, according to Bob Harvey of Egret Communications, who is heading work on the city's tourism plan.

The poll, which features 15 questions about tourism in Juneau, started at 7 a.m. Saturday and closes at 7 a.m. Thursday. It is the first of five Web polls the city is sponsoring as a part of the long-range tourism plan.

In the poll's first tow hours Saturday, 29 people submitted their opinions, Harvey said.

"We did everything we could to make it simple and friendly. We want input not just from a few people, but from everybody," he said.

VoteHere, a company that specializes in Internet voting, is running the poll. A power outage this morning in Seattle disrupted polling for about 45 minutes, but things are back to normal, Harvey said. Because of security reasons, not all Internet browsers can be used, he said.

People having trouble using the Web poll can call the city for help or submit questions through the site's comment line, Harvey said.

"Anybody who is having a problem, we're doing our best to walk them through it. It seems to be working," he said.

Harvey said he hopes 2,000 people will participate in the first round of polling.

The city sent registered voters a password in the mail last week that allows access the Web polls. Registered voters who don't have a password can contact the city at 586-5240. The poll can be accessed at www.cbjtourism.com or through a link at juneauempire.com.

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