With far more than a million apps each in the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store, developers really have created an app for everything. We all have our own favorites — from the apps that we’ve found are the most useful additions to a new iPhone to the best free apps that are exclusive to Android — but one of the most helpful things that your smartphone apps can do is to help you stay informed on the latest news about what’s going in the U.S. and beyond.
Lately, the headlines have been dominated by news and commentary about the contentious 2016 presidential election, and keeping up with it all can be a daunting task. But that’s where the right mobile apps can be a big help. Check out these eight awesome apps that will help you keep up to date on the latest developments in the presidential election, understand the most important issues and where candidates stand on them, and make informed decisions about which candidate to support.
Countable, available on Android and iOS, is an essential app, both for learning about the opinions of presidential candidates and for staying up to date on the legislation coming up for a vote by the federal and state lawmakers who represent you. You can learn about the issues that Congress is voting on and voice opinions that Countable will send to your lawmakers, or follow profiles for presidential candidates to stay informed on their opinions on hundreds of issues.
2. Election NF 2016
Election NF 2016, available on Android and iOS, is an app from Newsfusion that aims to offer an objective feed on debates, press releases, media appearances, polls, opinions, and analysis on the presidential election. Stories are curated via a variety of sources and prioritized by a proprietary editing algorithm. If you only want news about specific candidates, you can choose the parties or candidates you want to follow, or even filter out unwanted sources.
FrontRunner, available on iOS, is the easiest way to track how candidates are polling. You can see up-to-date polling results by swiping the widget in the Notification Center, or open the app to choose which candidates to follow and which to ignore. You can easily follow both sides of the race, and can track how candidates are performing over time.
PolitiFact, available on Android and iOS, enables you to easily check the veracity of claims made by presidential candidates. The app is produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact, a venture of the Tampa Bay Times, and enables you to see candidates’ statements fact-checked, and stay up to date on which politicians, political groups, and pundits are being the most truthful.
Pollenize, available on Android and iOS, may be the perfect app for you if you want an unbiased overview of each candidate’s views and platforms (something that’s deceptively hard to come by). The app, which is produced by a “nonpartisan, apolitical organization,” makes it easier to learn where each candidate stands on the issues that matter most to you, and you can even sign up for notifications on when a candidate’s platform is updated.
Poll-Up, available on Android, offers an easy way to stay updated on the latest polls. The app uses the Huffington Post’s Pollster API, which means that you can be the first to know when there are new numbers. The app is animated (and ad-free), with an attractive and elegant design, and enables you to keep up with the election in just 30 seconds a day.
Reax, available on iOS, is an app to watch if you’re interested in one that will try to predict election outcomes state by state. The app tracks people’s reactions to the top trending issues, like who’s going to win a primary or who will win a party’s nomination. You can see the community’s reaction state-by-state and in real time.
Voter, available on iOS, is the app for you if you aren’t sure about which candidate’s views most closely align with yours. After you answer questions about your political opinions and issues, the app shows you which politician is the closest match. The match will be shown as a percentage, and the app will describe how your views compare to those of each candidate.