Top 5 Apps to Get You Through The 2016 Election
The biggest election of our time is coming up next month. The candidates have been campaigning and debating topics that range from trade deals to taxes. According to a recent survey, the voter turnout in the U.S. is dismal compared to other developed countries. In 2012, only 53.6 percent of eligible Americans (those over 18 years of age) voted in the election.
No matter where you plan to put your ballot, the outcome of this election will affect entrepreneurs and small business owners everywhere. If you haven’t already,register to vote so you can give small business owners and entrepreneurs a voice. It’s good practice to head to the polls prepared. Knowing how the election can affect your business is key. A new president might mean a new business strategy. With only a couple weeks to spare, stay informed with election news, polls and candidate debates. And with the media covering this election in a frenzy, it can be tough to find unbiased reporting. No worries, here’s our list of top 5 apps to use so you can form your own opinions.
Even if you’re already registered to vote, Voter is a great app for deciphering which candidate is right for you and your business. With swipe YES/NO functionality, it’s like matchmaking for your political stance. Questions will help lead you to the right candidate based on your responses to campaign issues. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t get into the specifics of political policy, so you’ll have to couple it with another news service app.
A big part of choosing who to vote for is discussing the issues, playing devil’s advocate and planning ahead. On the fence about something? Curious to know how a proposed policy will affect your business? Create a discussion and ask other small business owners for input. Cloud phone services app Line2 will help you connect with colleagues all over the country. Line2’s group messaging feature is a great way to discuss election topics with colleagues and SMS and MMS messaging is free to other Line2 users. Group conferencing allows you to merge up to 20 colleagues into a call — from any mobile device. With Line2 you can swap election news via text, or have your own debate with others on the line. It’s the perfect way to stay in touch with other small business owners and entrepreneurs during the election.
A depository for everything election-related, Election Central aims to provide election news that’s not sponsored by any candidate. The app was created by Nathan Ashworth who is an average guy that just likes covering campaigns. With Election Central, you can view all the political platforms, get debate schedules and view videos compiled from various news sources. The app is free to download foriOS or Android.
You’ve watched the debates. You’re reading the news. But what is actually happening with the voting population? PollTracker is your insight how the election is actually running. The menu contains tons of polling data including recent polling numbers for the 2016 Presidential election but also congress and governors’ races. You can search for specific candidates, states or political seats.
Being a voter isn’t just about the Presidential Election. There are policies and issues year-round that can affect your business, such as local tax increases. Countable is an app that keeps you involved with legislation near your office, so you can stay informed with votes that happen closer to home. The app boasts daily updates on your local lawmakers and key developments on issues that you care about.
Originally published on the Line2 Blog.