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Using POPVOX widgets

  1. 1. Contact Congress Using POPVOX’s widgets A step-by-step guide and answers to frequently asked questions
  2. 2. 1. Getting Started. If you’re a first time user, enter your email address, name and zip code. (If you’ve contacted Congress using POPVOX before, then simply enter your email address, and your information should automatically load up.)
  3. 3. Next, POPVOX will ask for your home address—which will only be shared with your Members of Congress. It’s required so that your message gets delivered to the appropriate Congressional office.
  4. 4. 2. Write a personal message to Congress. Congress pays special attention to constituents when they write personal comments. This message will be delivered to your Members of Congress and posted on POPVOX.com with your screen name so that others can learn from your comments. Don’t worry – it’s optional. You can still weigh in on a bill without leaving a personal comment!
  5. 5. 3. Preview your message. This step allows you to review your message before you hit “send”... or edit your comment.
  6. 6. 4. Share your message to get others to weigh in. After hitting “send,” you can share your message to Congress with your friends and networks using Facebook or Twitter, or email. This is a great way to encourage others to take action. From here, you can also weigh in on other bills that your organization supports or opposes.
  7. 7. 5. Check your email inbox. This is a critical step. You will receive a “Finish your Letter to Congress” email from POPVOX. Click on the link provided to verify that you are a real person and not a “spam-bot.” (Don’t worry. This is a one- time verification. You won’t have to do this again.)
  8. 8. 6. You will be given the option to create your own screen name... or you can stick with the screen name automatically generated by POPVOX. TIP: It’s a good idea to remember your POPVOX password so you can return to your User Dashboard (www.popvox.com/home) to check the status of your message.
  9. 9. 7. You’re all done! Thanks for taking the time to weigh in!
  10. 10. Why do I need to create an account with POPVOX? POPVOX creates an account for you so you can track when your message was delivered to Congress at www.popvox.com/home/history. With an account, you can also weigh in on other bills without having to go through the verification process each time. POPVOX automatically generates a screen name and password for you. However, you can change your screen name and password at any time at www.popvox.com/accounts/profile.
  11. 11. Why does POPVOX ask for so much information? We know that POPVOX asks people for a lot of information. POPVOX asks for your home address in order to deliver your message to the correct Members of Congress. POPVOX also verifies your address with the US Postal Service so that Congress is assured that you are a constituent – and a real person, not a “spammer.”
  12. 12. What is POPVOX’s privacy policy? POPVOX takes your privacy seriously. POPVOX won’t share your personal information with anyone other than your Members of Congress and the organization asking you to take action. You can view POPVOX’s privacy report to see how information about you is used at www.popvox.com/legal
  13. 13. How does POPVOX help amplify our voice to Congress? When you weigh in using POPVOX’s tools, POPVOX aggregates your position on a bill with hundreds, even thousands, of others so that Congress and others can see support (or opposition) in real time.
  14. 14. How do I know my message is delivered to Congress? 1. Members of Congress and their staff view the reports on POPVOX.com of support (or opposition) of bills, which is updated in real time. 2. POPVOX also delivers your message to your Member of Congress – and provides message delivery confirmation – so you know exactly when your message was delivered to Congress. (Visit your User Dashboard or go to www.popvox.com/home/history) Bottom line: If you don't hear back from Congress, you know it wasn't an issue with POPVOX or your organization’s campaign.
  15. 15. About POPVOX POPVOX.com is a neutral, nonpartisan platform with tools for organizations and individuals to voice their support (or opposition) for bills pending before Congress in a way that’s verified, quantified and transparent. This accountability ensures that messages are delivered to Congress—in the format Congress needs it. To learn more, visit www.popvox.com/about

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