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8 Political Apps to Dive Into This Election Season

June 9, 2016

1:15 pm

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We’ve been gearing up for one of the craziest election seasons that most of us have been alive to witness. The presidential primary races have been pure entertainment (for better or for worse) since the beginning, and now that it’s all but confirmed that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be running head-to-head, I can guarantee that the show will not be coming to an end any time soon.

If you’re the founder of a political news startup or app, I bet you’re already buying your vacation homes in Bali. The insanity that is Decision 2016 might be the best thing that’s ever happened to your company. If you’re not the founder of a political news startup, it might be a little late to try and get into the game (unless you’re that good….but you’re probably not). But you can still help line the pockets of your fellow entrepreneurs and VCs (because you’re such a giver) by checking out some of the apps that are already out there.

Here are eight apps that will give you all of the election season craziness in the form of news updates, controversies, and election day results (when the big day comes on November 8th):

  • 270toWin:It takes 270 electoral votes to win the White House. This app allows you to predict who’s going to win each state by creating a map and customizing it to select specific candidates or number of votes given to each candidate. The maps can be saved and shared through social media. You can make multiple maps to lay out almost every scenario. This app is also educational in that it gives you election and state voting history and facts as well. (See image).
  • Countable is a civic engagement platform that uses location data to link users to their local representatives. While the presidential race may be what’s taken the spotlight this year, there are still a lot of local elections happening and the results of those will also effect many of our lives. The Countable app informs you of upcoming Congressional vote and gives you the power to send messages to your representatives.
  • Election NF 2016 allows you to follow every last little bitty piece of coverage from the 2016 Presidential campaigns. It’s completely non-biased, so no unnecessary opinions to sift through. It includes a newsfeed of all top news coverages from various news sources, announcements of debates, interviews and media appearances, and an in-app commenting system where you can start a comment thread on any article.
  • Real Clear Politics: The Real Clear Politics app is exactly that – real clear politics. The website RealClearPolitics.com was founded in 2000 by by John McIntyre and Tom Bevan. It is updated every morning and has become one of America’s premier independent political web sites. It culls and publishes the top commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day.
  • Politico has been a favorite for a number of years. This political news app has one of the cleanest and easiest to use layouts of any. It is updated multiple times per day and contains mulitple news channels including blogs, policy sections, morning videos, live online content, and polls.
  • All Politics is a great resource for not just US political news, but political news from around the world. It contains both left and right talk radio, political satire and cartoons, live republican vs democrat discussions, 2016 US presidential election news as well as aggregated and original news from Politico, Fox, MSNBC and other sources.
  • BuyPartisan is like a nutritional label for your political values. You can use your phone to scan a product’s barcode, or search by company or product to see the political contributions of each company’s CEO, Board of Directors, political action committees and employees. It empowers consumers with awareness of the true impact of the campaign spending by the companies behind the products people buy every day.
  • Politomix is a fantastic aggregator for political news from the left, right, and center. The app streamlines and delivers the latest political news stories from more than 40 of the web’s best sources in one place. Articles are color coded by the source’s general political leanings with blue representing left leaning sources, red for right leaning conservative sources and black for mainstream media outlets. It also has a built-in podcast player for listening to political podcasts and commentary.

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy