Jessie Martens · Uncategorized

5 Life Changing Political Apps

As a twenty-year-old, this is the first time I get to vote in a national election. I see why so many teenagers don’t vote, it’s scary! First of all, we are so busy with college and our lives that being able to follow the election to figure out who we want to vote for is a little stressful!! Do we have time to watch the debates and finish our college homework? Maybe… Maybe not…

All I know, is that if I vote for a president I want it to be a powerful vote, someone I  truly stand behind and someone I have done enough research on. And now with all the possibilities of doing that on mobile, I HAVE to have time for that.. I mean who doesn’t have their phones on them 24/7?

An article by Nieman Lab recently wrote an article about The Boston Globe’s new app that refreshes automatically every 15 seconds. How smart is that? I don’t have to wait for Facebook or twitter friends to post biased opinions about the debate that I really didn’t have time to watch.

Another article by the National Journal talks about a new app that can help inform you about different candidates that can help you pick a trusted option, instead of the option that spends the most money, and is the most flashy. It could revolutionize the way we look at elections and I think this is amazing.

After reading about these two different apps I wanted to look more into it and see how many political apps are out there already and share them!

#1. Politifact:

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http://www.politifact.com

This app, created by the Tampa Bay Times, has a team that fact checks statements made by politicians! It even has a “Truth-O-Meter” that measures the politicians statement. This app can help you keep an eye on the person you want to be in office and help you see if what they’re saying is really true!

#2. Countable: 

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http://www.pacemagazine.com

This app tracks the members in Washington and shows what they are actually doing. On this app you can see what your members are voting on and what bills they are working on at the time. And you can voice your opinion on the app and the votes made on the app are then delivered to the politicians office. This app can help you stay tuned with what is going on in Washington before bills are signed by just checking this app daily.

#3. Dollarocracy: 

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itunes.apple.com

 This app lets you see who is financing the American Elections! It shows you who donated to whom, how much money they raised and how much they’ve spent. Interesting to finally see what they’re using their money for!

#4. Politomix:

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itunes.apple.com

This app pulls top headlines from over 40 web sources and aggregates them to this one app! It’s also color-coded to show you what which way the site leans politically.

#5. BuyPartisan:

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itunes.apple.com

This app is definitely one of the coolest ones I found! This app lets you see which way different products lean politically. Just scan the barcode and it shows you how the CEO, Board of Directors and employees lean!

 

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