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  •  Some answers for you (3+ / 0-)

    How should I prepare myself for a town hall meeting?
    Have your question and the correct answer ready.  

    •    I know date, time and place of the meeting.
    •    I know who the politician is.
    •    So far I have read already a lot about this particular senator and his political views when he got up for election and I know what he has done so far.
    •    I know what he voted for.
    •    I see what effect his political tactics have and I don’t agree with them.
    Let him know NICELY that you don't agree with him and frame it into whatever question you ask.  Make sure you have info to back up your answer and quote that info.  
    •    I know out of experience, that I should ask only one question and not a group of questions so that he can’t pick the easiest to answer.
    •    I have already five questions I would like to ask this senator.
    You can only ask 1 question so pick the one you can have the most back-up info on.

    What I do not know is…..

    •    How long do town hall meetings normally last?
    Usually about 2 hours or so
    •    Should I arrive more early?
    Arrive at least 1/2 hour early to get a good seat (I prefer an aisle seat).
    •    How do I get the chance to ask/say anything?
    Raise your hand and wait to be called on.
    •    Do I have to present my questions maybe before hand to a staff member maybe?
    Not usually but each member of Congress handles this differently.
    •    Do I have to state who I am? (I would not have a problem with that – this is more a general question)
    Yes, and in your case I would let him know that you became a citizen in 2008.
    •    Can I ask my question again if I feel it has not been answered?
    No, but let him know that he didn't answer your question and what your actual question was.
    •    Can I be thrown out if my questions don’t fit this senator agenda?
    No you cannot and I'm sure the press would probably be there and this would be bad PR for your Senator if they threw you out because they didn't like your question.
    •    How many questions should I prepare?
    I would prepare 2 or 3 since others before you may ask the same question as you do.
    •    Is there more that I need to know?
    •    What kind of experiences do you have and what kind of advise could you give me?
    Stand your ground, you deserve an answer to any question you may have.  Last time my Congressman had a Town Hall he threatened to throw me out because I refused to not have him answer my question.  Well, the press covering the T.H. made a dive for where he and I were and knowing he was getting bad P.R. he backed off and walked away.  Also, remember that the Congressman/Senator will have people there that he has put in the audience to ask "puff" questions and also to agree with him.

    Good luck at your Town Hall and I hope you do get a chance to ask your quesion and get an answer.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 09:25:20 PM PDT

    •  Aisle seat - for me to escape fast :) (1+ / 0-)
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      high uintas

      lots of good advise - I am humbled by all these great comments and you all can not imagine how they not only help me to attend this town hall meeting but to make me even stronger in my quest for answers.
      I would have loved to see you in the town hall meeting you mentioned. But I went with the second best and read some of your controversial diaries. I enjoyed reading about issues from a different perspective and I hope you don't mind me dropping by here and there.

      A German in America - often confused but still trying to understand and happy to share the European point of view with a smile to everybody who is willing to listen

      by agermanfullofhope on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 12:39:14 AM PDT

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      •  Oh the aisle seat isn't (2+ / 0-)
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        agermanfullofhope, high uintas

        For you to escape fast it's so you're more noticed in the crowd.  I don't know where you're Town Hall will be held but ours are held in school autoriums (forgive the spelling) and they're usually large spaces so those on the aisle are more noticed than someone sitting in the center of the row or in the very rear of the room.  Some Town Halls even have a line you have to wait on to ask your question instead of just raising your hand and waiting to be called on.  Of course doing this can always be a problem in that questions can be halted at any time by those working for the candidate.

        I don't mind your reading my previous diaries and thank you.  

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:12:12 AM PDT

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