Tech of the Week: Election Edition
Election season is more than upon us. In less than three weeks, we’ll all (if you’re over 18 and in the U.S.) be heading to the polls and casting our vote for the next president, and tensions are most definitely high. Whether you’re a political junkie or just want to get informed, here are 12 apps, websites, and tools for beefing up your political and presidential knowledge.
1. Can I Vote?: First thing to do is find out if you can vote! Maintained by the National Association of Secretaries of State, this site breaks things down by state and takes you to the appropriate links for finding your polling place, etc.
4. Election: For a whimsical way to keep the political vibe going, plan a late October movie night with Election. This comedic classic is sure to put things in perspective. Pick Flick!
6. No Politics Please: Or maybe you need a break from politics, at least on Facebook. Shortened to noppl, this is a free browser extension that hides unwanted political posts from your Facebook feed by typing them into the noppl filter. Perhaps you could also use this to filter out daily photos of all your middle school friends’ lunches?
7. Facebook + CNN “I’m Voting”: On the complete opposite end of the politics and social media spectrum, Facebook and CNN just launched an in-Facebook app that tells your friends if you’re voting in an effort to pump up voter registration.
10. Huffington Post Pollster: Data nut? Check out HuffPo’s Pollster, which collected and analyzed 15,081 opinion polls about the 2012 elections. New polls are being added every day, and are sure to heat up as the election gets closer.
11. Take Back Tuesday: And while we’re on the topic of voting, what about how inconvenient it is that elections are held in the middle of the week? If people have work to do and are on the political fence, they’ll likely skip voting entirely. GOOD is on a campaign to take back election day and turn it into a National Holiday.