A town hall meeting is an informal public meeting between citizens and public figures. They are often used by politicians during campaigns or when important issues arise.
The concept of town hall meetings date back to the days of the settlers in New England. As early as the 17th century, government officials have held these meetings for the purpose of discussing issues related to budgets and laws related to the community. The meetings were often held in the local town hall.
Although the phrase is still in use, town hall meetings are no longer limited to being held in an official government building. Many modern town halls are held in locations that are accessible to the public and can accommodate large crowds. Candidates for political office hold town hall meetings to get feedback from voters. Current government officials may also hold them to discuss upcoming legislation that is or will be up for voting.