With the first of the political conventions kicking off this week, we thought we’d take a moment to look at some of the more exciting political apps that are sure to find a following between now and November. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Super Pac: The 2011 Citizens United ruling resulted in a lot more money being put into political ads than ever before, and this app will ensure that you’re well informed as to whether or not those ads are true. Called the “Shazam for political ads,” all you need to do is hold your phone up to an ad and you’ll find out who funded it, how much they’ve raised, as well as additional “objective, third-party” information about the organization.
- Politifact: Better known as one of the more high-profile fact checking websites on the internet, Politifact has two apps, Settle It! and Politifact Mobile. While Settle It! is geared more towards winning arguments at the dinner table, both of these apps exist to tell you whether or not—or to what extent—politicians are telling us the truth.
- Parity Politics: Designed by self-professed political junkie Erhan Kartaltepe, this app is designed to provide up-to-date polling information on a daily basis.
- Filibustr: While this app offers users the playful opportunity to throw virtual tomatoes at their least favorite politicians, it also provides detailed information about Congressional voting records as well as candidates’ positions on important issues.
- Political GPS: It’s pretty hard to find a truly undecided voter these days, but in addition to Congressional voting records, contact information for political representatives, and a copy of the Constitution, this app also comes with the “Political Compass Test” that will help you figure out which side of the fence you’re standing on.
Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Republican or a yellow-dog Democrat, this election season is sizing up to be considerably more turbulent than most. As citizens and voters, it’s our responsibility to keep ourselves informed, and these apps will go a long way to making that happen.