In America, a town hall meeting is an informal public meeting, function, or event derived from the traditional town meetings of Colonial America.
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Typically open to everybody in a town community and held at the local municipal building, attendees generally present ideas, voice their opinions, ask questions of the public figures, elected officials, or political candidates at the town hall.
A candidate, or nominee, is the prospective recipient of an award or honor, or a person seeking or being considered for some kind of position; for example:
An official is someone who holds an office in an organization or government and participates in the exercise of authority.
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Attendees rarely vote on an issue or propose an alternative to a situation.
Voting is a method for a group such as a meeting or an electorate to make a decision or express an opinion, usually following discussions, debates or election campaigns.
However, in recent years, town halls held by political candidates have announced and enforced rules on crowd behavior and the scope of questions that may be asked.
The term is also used to describe informal, corporate gatherings used to share information such as business results or personnel changes.
If the turnout is large, and if the objective of the particular town hall meeting is to give as many people as possible an opportunity to speak, then the attendees can be broken down into smaller discussion groups.