Facebook launched a new tool on Monday to help users identify and contact elected representatives right from their Facebook app. Dubbed Town Hall, the purpose is to encourage higher engagement in the political process and ease of access to elected representatives.
“Building a civically-engaged community means building new tools to help people engage in a thoughtful and informed way,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder and CEO, in a post on Monday. “The starting point is knowing who represents you and how you can make your voice heard on the decisions that affect your life.”
So how does it work?
First access the tool from the “Explore” tab on Facebook – on web browsers, the left-hand directory; on smartphone apps, click the icon in the bottom right corner.
Next enter your address. From there a listing of all local, state, and federal representatives who have a Facebook page will appear, along with options to Follow or Contact each representative.
Clicking “Contact” will offer a few options depending on what information is available on from the representative’s Facebook page and whether or not you are on a smartphone (where you can make a phone call).
In addition to Town Hall, Facebook is now offering election reminders for state, county and municipal elections – not just federal elections – in an effort to increase voter turnout for both Primaries and General elections.
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