Attention -- Members of Congress!
ConCentric™ Video Webcast Town Halls
The First Congressional / Constituent - Centric,
Targeted, Constituent-Validated Town Halls
eVoiceAmerica.com’s “My Town Hall” Video Webcasts Admit ONLY YOUR CONSTITUENTS, Increase Your Constituent Approval Ratings, and Improve Your Electability
Video Webcasts Are FREE to Constituents, and Are Available to All Members of Congress
Abbreviations: Constituent-validation (CV); Elected Representatives (ERs); eVoiceAmerica (eVA); LogMeIn (LMI); tele-town-hall (TTH); and video / webcast town hall (VTH); his/her (his).
CONSTITUENT-VALIDATION for Video
Webcast Town-Hall Participants Is the
ULTIMATE Upgrade - No More OUTSIDE Agitators.
Town Halls Now Belong to YOU and to YOUR CONSTITUENTS.
1.1. Research by the Congressional Management Foundation, a prestigious, DC watchdog of Congressional practices, has determined, “Congress is struggling to perform its role in democracy” (Congressional Management Foundation, State of the Congress, p. 27 (2017)). It states that critical to improving Congressional performance there must be “effective communication from and to citizens” (Ibid., 27). Congressional stature and approval ratings can be restored and upgraded engaging the new, combined technologies of LMI and eVA to undertake 21st century town halls. Increased participation in LMI / eVA’s ConCentric VTHs will elevate ERs’ declining, citizen-centric engagement and restore it to one of stature, good faith, and increased electability.
1.1.1. ERs can now restore and dramatically upgrade current town halls to their intended role of constituent-centric advocacy, so conspicuously missing in our current, hyper-partisan, polarized, political landscape. Enter LMI / eVA’s constituent-validated, video, webcast town halls. ERs committed to their constituents will welcome this 21st-century, town hall solution.
1.2. Problem to Be Solved: In-person town halls historically have been critical to ERs in connecting with their constituents. The once-critical, local town halls have been marginalized and are dysfunctional based on the recent impact of “hacktivists” (hecklers and disruptors) who hijack in-person town halls. Meaningful town halls are a crucial missing link in the current representative democratic process. The current “default solution” to the decline in local town halls has been the audio-only, tele-town-halls (TTH) which are uninteresting, ineffective, and for these reasons, simply do not happen.
1.2.1. Deficiencies of Current, Audio-Only, Tele Town Halls: They just don’t happen because: constituent participation cannot be validated using traditional telephone number databases; minimal constituent participation creates minimal ROI on an ER’s time, energy, and the cost of TTHs; and audio-only is a lack-lustre, outdated, one-dimensional technology.
1.2.2. Why Constituent Participation Cannot Be Validated Using Telephone Numbers. Telephone databases are porous for CV purposes. Cell phones have now eclipsed land-line phone numbers. Thus, a constituent phone number provided from the voter registration database (which telephone field is optional) will likely be a cell phone number or NO phone number. Also, when people move, they keep their cell phone numbers. Hence, many citizen’s cell phone numbers may not be in an ER’s district or state.
184.108.40.206. Thus, the phone numbers dialed as robocall invitations will dominantly be to cell phones. Lastly, citizens are bombarded by political and marketing robocalls and typically disregard them, especially those that appear to be campaign and fundraising calls. eVA’s CV security overcomes all of these deficiencies. Compared to eVA’s ConCentric Town Hall technology, TTH technology is outdated and expensive.
2.0. The eVA / LMI Solution: The ConCentric
Constituent-Validated, Video Town
2.1. Two Technologies Create One Solution. eVA’s patented, CV, website technology, when combined with LMI’s gated-entry webcast admission, creates eVA’s ConCentric, CV, Town Hall webcasts which exclude all non-constituents.
2.2. eVA’s patented, CV technology, coupled with the caliber and prestige of LMI’s video webcast services, creates a new, exciting, high-tech, value-added VTH to better serve Congress and its constituents.
3.0 Two-Layer, Security Barriers Restrict
Town Hall Admissions to Validated Constituents
3.1. eVA’s User Registration Requires a Zip+4 Address. To verify constituency, all attendees must register as www.evoiceamerica.com users. eVA’s patented registration process programmatically and precisely validates which US senators and house member governs each eVA user by his zip+4 extension. There are no ambiguities based on house districts with split or multiple 5-digit zip codes. Thus, eVA users can only attend town halls for their eVA-validated list of ERs. Conversely, only those designated as your constituents will be admitted to your town halls.
3.2. Gated Entry: Admission Is Granted Only from the www.evoiceamerica.com Website. Event admission will be granted only to those 1) joining a town hall as a registered, constituent validated, eVA user, clicking on the “My Town Halls” tab; and 2) entering the event from www.evoiceamerica.com -- LMI’s gated entry. These two security filters eliminate “outsiders” of any stripe or mindset. Thus, this is the LMI / eVA integrated solution.
3.3. The above 2-layer authentication requires 1) an LMI annual event subscription to acquire an LMI dashboard and 2) an eVA CV monthly subscription to acquire an eVA dashboard. Both dashboards are necessary for ERs to implement their CV security measures and manage their respective, CV, VTH events. For additional details on Getting Started, see Section 5.
For a list of video webcast features, see Section 9.0 below.
For constituent validation, two integrated, security dashboards require a purchase from LMI and eVA. These two services must work together to guarantee constituent-only, VTH town hall admission, as described below.
4.1. LMI Congressional Webcast Pricing -- $11,988 / year: LMI offers an annual, VTH subscription to your video / interactive / webcasts which are limited to your validated constituents. Your LMI Congressional video webcast subscription includes 1) unlimited; 2) one-hour town halls; 3) for up to 5,500 attendees; and 4) gated-entry security.
4.1.1. Pricing Perspective -- Tele-Town-Halls vs. LMI / eVA CV Town Halls: For less than the price of 2½ TTH events ($5,000 per event x 2.5 = $12,500), LMI offers unlimited, one-hour VTHs featuring live video, chat feature, real-time polling questions, meeting analytics, and on-demand access after the event for whatever timeframe you select in your LMI dashboard. This $11,988 price is discounted 60% off of LMI’s comparable, corporate webcast pricing. Additionally, it offers a cost savings compared to in-person town halls which require travel and lodging, time away from the office, and all the downsides of in-person town halls which are disrupted and ineffective. NOTE: The $11,988 offer is Congress-only pricing and is not available on LMI’s site.
4.1.2. 5500 Attendees, a Perspective: To fully accomplish the purposes of an effective town hall with attendance by a large, manageable cross-section of constituents, “5K webcast attendees = 10 times local town hall attendance of 500 attendees.” Using local town halls as an attendee standard, 5,500 is 10 times greater than a maximum attendance of only 500 at a local town hall.
4.2. eVA’s Monthly Subscription Pricing for Its Constituent-Validation Dashboard -- $375/month: Includes its value-added, CV technology, authentication, security, and management dashboard. Specifically, this price includes: 1) unlimited; 2) one-hour VTHs; 3) for up to 5,500 attendees; 4) with CV authentication of each attendee; and 5) an ER town hall management dashboard. This dashboard ensures that a) meeting URLs will never be published; b) all attendees originate from www.evoiceamerica.com; and c) admission to your VTHs only from the eVA website which triggers LMI’s gated entry security, described in Section 3.2. See Section 5.2 for eVA’s subscription and dashboard set-up instructions.
5.0 Two Dashboards Are Required - LMI and eVA
NOTE: All of the set-up tasks described below, including subscription payments, start-up, town hall set-up, and in-meeting audience management are staff-level responsibilities which means that you, as an ER, just have to show up!
5.1. Step 1: To Set Up Your LMI Dashboard: This step is required before setting up your eVA dashboard: Call eVA at 888.993.8642 (888.99evoiceamerica) to initiate the LMI registration process. You will then be contacted by email your personal LMI Congressional account representative, who will answer your questions, complete LMI’s subscription process, and set up your CV dashboard. THEN, go to Section 5.2 below to subscribe to and set up your eVA dashboard.
5.2. Step 2: Getting Started with eVA’s Dashboard to Activate eVA’s Constituent-Validation to Interface with Your LMI Congressional Town Hall Webcast. Each ER is required to subscribe to and use this eVA dashboard to use eVA’s patented technology. To do so, go to www.evoiceamerica.com > Products tab > Constituent-Validated Congressional Town Halls > Product Description > or Subscribe below.
6.0 How an eVA User Enters a ConCentric Town Hall
6.1. Town Hall Admission - User Experience: When the eVA user selects a meeting date / time link from the “My Town Halls” tab, he will be admitted directly to the selected VTH in progress. When an eVA user clicks on a selected town hall event, at the designated broadcast time, he will be automatically / seamlessly admitted to the selected VTH event.
6.1.1. How an eVA user/constituent enters a VTH from www.evoiceamerica.com:
6.1.2. An eVA site visitor (non-registered) will not see the “My Town Halls” tab until he successfully registers and is constituent-validated. Then, and only then, the above-referenced tab appears. This is the only way to enter your ConCentric, VTH event.
7.0. How eVA and LMI Secure and Constituent-Validate ERs’ VTH Participants
7.1. LMI / eVA VTHs Provide 3 Levels of Constituent-Validation Security to Ensure Maximum Attendee Screening. eVA / LMI’s CV, VTH security 1) eliminates the admission of outside agitators (personas non gratas); 2) guarantees ERs that only constituent-validated participants enter the event by preventing the publication of the VTH URL; and 3) engages LMI’s gated-entry security. Gated-entry means that LMI will only allow access to LMI / eVA’s constituent-validated VTHs to eVA’s registered, constituent-validated users entering the VTH from eVA’s site tab, “My Town Halls.”
7.2. Security Between ERs and LMI -
7.2.1. Using LMI’s ER Dashboard and Meeting URL: After an ER subscribes online for LMI’s VTHs, and creates a new event in his LMI dashboard, LMI provides each ER a unique, confidential meeting URL for each meeting.
220.127.116.11. This URL will never be published by LMI or eVA to anyone other than validated constituents.
18.104.22.168. For all LMI’s VTH annual subscriptions, LMI provides each ER his personal, secure, scheduling dashboard to create and manage unlimited events. This LMI dashboard permits ERs to add, delete, reschedule, and edit their VTHs. LMI’s account rep will fully assist in the set-up process or answer ERs’ subsequent queries (see Section 7.6.1.).
7.2.2. No Copying of In-Progress, Meeting URLs for Unauthorized Distribution Once a validated participant enters an in-progress meeting, he cannot copy and distribute the real-time meeting URL to “unvalidated others” to join the meeting. Lastly, with no published URL, there is no way for outsiders to enter a VTH. Only participants entering a VHT from www.evoiceamerica.com will be admitted to ensure constituent validation.
7.3. Security Between ERs and Their Constituent-Validated, VTH Participants Using eVA’s, Constituent-Validated User Registration: Access to constituent-validated, VTHs is limited to eVA’s registered, constituent-validated users who then become pre-qualified, VTH attendees.
7.3.1. How eVA’s User Registration Validates Constituency: The eVA user registration form requires a residence address, city, county, state, and zip+4. If a registrant doesn’t know his 4-digit zip extension, eVA provides a direct link to a USPS, zip code, lookup table to find his extension. eVA then programmatically and simultaneously locates each eVA registrant’s zip+4, registration address within an official Congressional Districts / States boundaries map for his district and state. This matching process determines which ERs serve that unique residence address. Based on the zip+4 address match, every eVA user is provided on-site with his recurring, updated list of the members of Congress serving that precise address.
7.3.2. This matching process is the only and best way to accurately and precisely validate constituents in all states and districts, including districts with split zip codes or multiple zip codes. Thus, to participate in the LMI / eVA VTHs, ERs’ constituents will be required to register on the eVA site for constituent matching and validation for direct admission to the VTH. No other video- or tele-conferencing service provides constituent validation.
7.4. Security Between ERs and eVA Using eVA’s VTH Dashboard
7.4.1. How eVA’s ER town hall dashboard works: getting started. After ERs create an LMI, VTH subscription and set up their LMI dashboard, LMI provides each ER with a unique, confidential URL for each VTH. At this point, the LMI account representative directs each ER to the eVA ConCentric Town Hall products page (see Section 7.6.2. for the exact path) to register as a new subscriber and to subscribe). When registration is complete and the eVA dashboard has been purchased and set up, the ER logs into his eVA dashboard to add new ConCentric TH event information.
7.4.2. Creating an eVA, VTH meeting / event link: Within this dashboard, for each event, the ER enters the new, VTH event information which will automatically appear to his constituents in eVA’s “My Town Halls” tab in the event links dropdown under each ER’s name (no event / meeting URL is disclosed to the public in the LMI / eVA meeting set-up).
7.4.3. Dashboard capabilities: eVA’s ER dashboard permits 1) adding new events, deleting, and editing dates and times. 2) After an ER adds an LMI VTH or deletes or edits events from within his LMI dashboard, then the ER must also enter the same information into his eVA dashboard. This information is simultaneously updated within his VTH “My Town Halls” dropdown / event links for meeting admission. 3) The eVA dashboard also provides optional text boxes for topics / subjects and issues for a given town hall which are included in the event dropdown. Thus, users can join the meetings that interest them.
7.4.4. Dashboard guarantees constituent-validated VTH attendance: The information entered by the ER into his eVA dashboard 1) admits / funnels only CV users directly to VTHs listed in the eVA “My Town Halls” dropdown; 2) guarantees that the user enters the meeting from the eVA site (all others will be denied VTH admission by LMI’s gated-entry screening); and 3) guarantees that all participants originate from eV.com to be admitted (see Section 7.1.). Hypothetically, should a meeting URL be illicitly obtained, there is nowhere to enter it for event access. And, should a malefactor register as an eVA user, he will only be admitted to town halls for those ERs on his validated list of ERs as a validated constituent.
7.4.5. eVA’s “My Town Halls” dropdown: 1) displays VTH date / time links for all pending VTHs for each ER; 2) only for ERs who are subscribed to eVA’s VTH dashboard; and 3) only the constituent-validated ERs for the user’s house rep’s district and two US senators appear. 4) The ER can be assured that this list of VTHs appears only to his eVA-validated constituents. 5) Only ERs with LMI scheduled meetings will be listed. 6) When the eVA user selects a meeting date / time link, he will be admitted directly to the selected VTH in progress as an eVA-validated constituent. This process prevents admission of non-constituent, disruptive, aggressive participants who wish to hijack the VTH. 7) Only this eVA registration process will permit admission to the selected VTH as a validated constituent.
7.4.6. “My Town Hall” tab is visible to all but the meeting dropdown is only accessible to registered eVA users. Thus, an eVA visitor browsing the site will see the “My Town Halls” tab but will be instructed by a pop-up to register to see the VTH event schedules for his ERs. After the visitor registers as a user, the event dropdown under “My Town Halls” tab will appear listing his personal ERs and their upcoming VTHs.
7.5. Two Dashboards Are Required - LMI and eVA: NOTE: All of the set-up tasks described below, including subscription payments, start-up, town hall set-up, and in-meeting audience management are staff-level responsibilities which means that you, as an ER, just have to show up!
7.5.1. Step 1: To Set Up an ER LMI Dashboard: This step is required before setting up an ER, eVA dashboard: Call eVA at 888.993.8642 (888.99evoiceamerica) to initiate the LMI registration process. The ER will then be contacted by email by the ER’s personal LMI Congressional account representative, who will answer ER questions, complete LMI’s subscription process, and set up an LMI, ER, CV dashboard. THEN, go to Section 5.2 below to subscribe to and set up the ER / eVA dashboard.
7.5.2. Step 2: Getting Started with eVA’s Dashboard to Activate eVA’s Constituent-Validation to Interface with Your ER / LMI Congressional Town Hall Webcast. Each ER is required to subscribe to and use this eVA dashboard to use eVA’s patented technology. To do so, go to www.evoiceamerica.com > Data Reports & Services tab > “Constituent-Validated, Virtual Town Halls” in the dropdown > Subscribe below.
7.6. eVA Website Hosting eVA engages Carnwennan, a leading IT Consulting Firm, to host eVA on the web using all necessary and current infrastructure solutions, as well as integrated data capabilities. eVA and Carnwennan implement the most contemporary financial integration solutions as well as web hosting capabilities to ensure that payments are secured and that eVoiceAmerica is readily available to ERs and constituents.
8.0. Maximizing and Promoting Your Constituent-Validated
VTH Attendance (learn more below)
9.0. Features and Benefits (learn more below)
We look forward to working with you and your staff to expand upon the original scope of local Congressional town halls using ConCentric Virtual Town Halls webcast technology and to restore town halls to constituents-only events. If you have questions, please call 888.993.8642 or Contact Us.
8.0. Promoting and Maximizing Your
Constituent-Validated, Webcast Town Hall Attendance
NOTE: All of the tasks described below are staff-level responsibilities.
8.1. On ER’s Official Website:
8.1.1. Include a recurring notice of the dates and times of upcoming VTHs. To increase attendance, you can also add one or two topics -- a maximum of two are recommended.
8.1.2. OR, you can include this recurring instruction on your site: “To see my virtual town hall schedule, register, or log in to www.evoiceamerica.com. Click the “My Town Halls” tab to see a list of my scheduled town halls. Simply select your preferred VTH time. Then, 5 minutes before the designated time, join us! To join the VTH, all participants must be a registered eVA user.”
8.1.3. If you wish to further empower your constituents, mention two issues on your website that will be the focus of your next town hall. Then, direct your readers to register/login to eVA; search, find, and select those topics by keyword search; click your issue of choice and submit a personal opinion through eVA’s opinion template. All constituent opinions are emailed daily to your LD’s inbox as part of eVA’s Daily Constituent Majorities Report (DCM) along with all opinions submitted that day. Your DCM Report will also include daily, aggregated, issue-based, majority percentage data for all emails submitted by your constituents opining that day.
8.2. Your Staffers Can Use eVA’s Data-Generating, Issue Links to Promote Your VTHs and Generate Constituent Majority Percentages on Those Issues (Before and After Your VTHs): If you want to focus on a current, national issue of interest (e.g., border security, late-term abortion, abolition of the electoral college, Green New Deal, etc.), and if you would like to focus on that issue in your VTH, then you can do so using the standard 10 steps below to create hyperlinks to those issues (if this process is new to you) within your VTH emails or website:
Copy, print, and store these simple instructions for future use.
a. Go to the www.evoiceamerica.com home page
b. Click the “Take Action Now” tab
c. Locate Top Issue or other issue of choice via Topic > Subtopic > Issue of choice OR do a keyword/key phrase search for your issue of interest and select the issue of interest. You will then be on eVoiceAmerica’s opinion submission page for the selected issue.
d. Copy the https:// url in the address field (ends in a number)
e. Paste this url where desired in your article >
f. Highlight the url and right click
g. Select Hyperlink
h. “Insert Hyperlink” screen appears
i. Create display name in the top text box (e.g., “Border Security” or “Take action on this issue now.”
j. Click OK.
8.2.1. These issue-links can then be imbedded in your newsletters, emails, and on your official site to promote your VTHs and obtain constituent majorities on the these and many other issues. These links take your constituents directly to eVA’s opinion submission screen for that issue so your constituents can email their opinions and eVotes to you on those issues (e.g., Email Me on Abolishing the Electoral College). Constituent opinions and eVotes, submitted using eVA generate majority percentages on issues important to them and you, help you to be more responsive, improve your constituent favorability, and to be re-elected.
8.3. Grow Your Email Database: ERs can significantly grow their constituent-validated email address database by directing their constituents to register on eVA’s take-action site to 1) join VTHs and 2) send their personal opinions and issue-based eVotes to their ERs. When eVA users/constituents submit their personal opinion to you, you will receive a FREE, Daily Constituent Majorities Report (DCM) containing opinions, Yes/No eVotes by issue, including constituent email addresses in your LD’s inbox. You should be receiving eVA’s DCM Report from constituents submitting opinions through eVA.
If you are not receiving these, please 1) white list “email@example.com”; 2) call eVA at 888.993.8642; or 3) Contact Us.
9.0. LMI Video Webcast Features
➤ Questions asked by constituents using a real-time chat box can be screened and answered at ER’s discretion.
➤ Chat-room-only questions enable ER staff to screen questions prior to the ER’s response.
➤ “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A video webcast allows ERs to present pre-prepared text, pictures, and graphs.
➤ Real-time poll questions permit ERs to gauge participant support during the VTH.
➤ Post-event data is available to analyze town hall performance.
➤ Subsequent, unlimited, on-demand access by constituents (and others via YouTube) who missed the live event -- increases the exposure and success of your VTHs.