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Mashable recently called 2012 the "year of the mobile election." Apps and mobile technology are providing new ways to engage, inform, and connect with supporters this election season.
Through the Transforming Communities project, we've rounded up the best of election-related apps.
to encourage people to vote? There's an app for that. Want to monitor
your local elections and help support voting rights? There's an app for
See how other organizations are using technology this election season to get out the vote, monitor elections, and support voting rights.
Ever hear a political ad and wonder what that mysterious organization sponsoring it is all about? Wonder no more!
Ad Hawk (iOS and Android) and the Super PAC App (iOS) both function a lot like Shazam
does for music. Just open the app while a political ad is playing. The
app analyzes the ad and provides you with background information on the
organization that sponsored it. The Super PAC App also comes in a desktop version.
Get the latest polls and news in the palm of your hand with these apps:
aren't just for fun. They can also be a powerful way to inform and
motivate political action, and using gaming elements can be particularly
effective way to reach youth.
Learn more about gamification as an app strategy.
your organization using apps this election season? If so, please tell
us about it in the comments. Or do you have a great idea for an app to
help register voters, inform citizens, get out the vote, or protect
voting rights? Head on over to NetSquared and share your election app idea.
Image: Vote graffiti from wallyg
Ariel Gilbert-Knight is a Senior Content Developer for TechSoup