Here are the steps I am trying to achieve.
1. player enters lobby and waits for a round to begin
2. all players receive a prompt and can enter text into text box(this will probably be an overlay)
3.all players responses are displayed
4. players vote on their favorites excluding their own
5. votes and other scoring are tallied, displayed, and updated
the easiest way of doing this is by [node.js](http://nodejs.org/ “node.js”) and then a Websocket. my suggestion is [socket.io](http://socket.io/ “socket.io”).
there are several good tutorials on how to create chatrooms with socket.io. and then just modify it for your needs.