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How POPVOX        Delivers Messages        to Congress*        *in the most effective and accountable way possible.Saturda...
With POPVOX, individuals share their opinions on         pending bills with Congress in two ways:         1. visiting www....
With POPVOX, individuals share their opinions on         pending bills with Congress in two ways:         2.           wei...
The individual chooses to “support” or “oppose” a bill or         issue, and may write an original message:Saturday, Septe...
The individual provides real name, address, and         phone number:Saturday, September 29, 12
The individual previews the message, corrects any         errors, and “sends” to Congress:                                ...
The position is added to the tally and comment listed         on the POPVOX bill report:Saturday, September 29, 12
The input is sent to the individual’s Congressional         representative electronically with a format         structured...
Information about the sponsoring organization is         included in the message to help with Congressional         proces...
If an individual chooses not to write a personal         message, their input is still shared with Congress,         but t...
Delivery Details             • 100% delivery guarantee.             • Message is delivered to chamber where issue         ...
Delivery Details             • All messages are attempted electronically,                    sending through Congressional...
POPVOX APIs & Integration         • POPVOX APIs allow                 other sites to use                 POPVOX data      ...
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How POPVOX delivers messages to Congress

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POPVOX is designed to help Congressional staff deal with increasing constituent communications.

The slides describe how messages sent through POPVOX are tagged for the most friction-free processing possible within Congressional offices (with 100% delivery guarantee!)

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How POPVOX delivers messages to Congress

  1. 1. How POPVOX Delivers Messages to Congress* *in the most effective and accountable way possible.Saturday, September 29, 12
  2. 2. With POPVOX, individuals share their opinions on pending bills with Congress in two ways: 1. visiting www.POPVOX.comSaturday, September 29, 12
  3. 3. With POPVOX, individuals share their opinions on pending bills with Congress in two ways: 2. weighing in through a “widget”Saturday, September 29, 12
  4. 4. The individual chooses to “support” or “oppose” a bill or issue, and may write an original message:Saturday, September 29, 12
  5. 5. The individual provides real name, address, and phone number:Saturday, September 29, 12
  6. 6. The individual previews the message, corrects any errors, and “sends” to Congress: Name Address City, State ZIPSaturday, September 29, 12
  7. 7. The position is added to the tally and comment listed on the POPVOX bill report:Saturday, September 29, 12
  8. 8. The input is sent to the individual’s Congressional representative electronically with a format structured for easy processing: Bill number Subject: Support/Oppose #HR3035 #Oppose H.R. 3035: Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011 Date Message: 01/18/2012. I oppose H.R. 3035: Mobile Informational Call Act of Contact info 2011. Telemarketing is enough of a problem for land line phones. The internet today makes it incredibly easy for any number of distributors Link to bill report to sell out personal contact information in an instant. If this ability were to be expanded to cell phones, it could have literally If a user writes a unimaginable consequences. personal story, they expect a response ___ sent via popvox.com; info@popvox.com; see https:// www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3035/report ReplyChoice: RespondSaturday, September 29, 12
  9. 9. Information about the sponsoring organization is included in the message to help with Congressional processing and response: Information from the POPVOX organization directory Organization Consumer Watchdog Organization Description Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics. CampaignInfo: Campaign1 CampaignID: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/consumerwd DeliveryAgent/DeliveryAgentContact: SameSaturday, September 29, 12
  10. 10. If an individual chooses not to write a personal message, their input is still shared with Congress, but they are told not to expect a response: Subject: #HR3035 #Oppose H.R. 3035: Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011 [This constituent weighed in at POPVOX.com but chose not to leave a If a user does not write personal comment and is not expecting a response. See http:// a personal message, www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3035/report. Contact they are told not to info@popvox.com with delivery concerns.] expect a response from Congress. ReplyChoice: No Response NecessarySaturday, September 29, 12
  11. 11. Delivery Details • 100% delivery guarantee. • Message is delivered to chamber where issue is pending. If next vote is in House, input goes to the Representative; if next vote is in the Senate, message goes to both Senators. When a bill moves from one chamber to the other, messages are forwarded. (I.e. when a House bill passes the House, messages registered on the bill are forwarded to the Senate.) • The individual receives confirmation on the POPVOX home page when the message is delivered.Saturday, September 29, 12
  12. 12. Delivery Details • All messages are attempted electronically, sending through Congressional webforms. • 99.5% of electronic delivery attempts are successful. • If a message cannot be delivered electronically, it is printed and physically delivered to Congress. POPVOX delivers print messages weekly. • Some offices choose CSV download.Saturday, September 29, 12
  13. 13. POPVOX APIs & Integration • POPVOX APIs allow other sites to use POPVOX data • In July 2012, House Democrats integrated POPVOX APIs into DemCom to display: ➡ Organization positions ➡ Sentiment maps and charts for each bill • APIs are available for noncommercial use by all.Saturday, September 29, 12

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