Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said he’s about to become the first member of Congress to host a mobile video town hall.
Constituents will be able to use Visible Vote’s free application for Facebook and smartphones (including the Apple iPhone, Google Android and Blackberry) to view live mobile video and ask the Congressman questions during his real-time town hall, starting at 6:15 p.m. this Tuesday, Feb. 8. About 20,000 residents from Garamendi’s 10th Congressional District will also be invited to listen in and ask questions in a simultaneous telephone town hall.
“As a Member of Congress, I want to use the latest technologies to engage the residents of my district,” Garamendi said in news release. “Visible Vote’s innovative and free video town hall software – combined with our existing telephone town hall outreach – will enable thousands of people to reach me – even through their smartphones.”
Visible Vote lets users vote on past and pending legislation; access and compare their votes to their legislators’ records; and submit preferences and messages directly to their representatives’ offices. Congressional offices can use it to communicate directly with constituents, share information and polls, collect voter feedback, and host live video town halls.