The Countable App

There’s a lot that goes into policymaking, more than most of us know. The moving parts behind any piece of legislation are numerous and the amount of pending legislation is far deeper than newspaper headlines would suggest.

Today, I downloaded an app called Countable, which “makes learning about what your government is up to easy and fun.” Well, easy and fun might be hyperbole. I guess the “fun” part might be that you can send video messages to your elected representatives using your phone. Whatever.

But what I do like is that you can get up-to-date commentary on current debates easily, with daily notifications of upcoming votes and subsequent notifications for how my representatives actually voted. That seems particularly useful to me.

Hat-tip to my friend Andrea for pointing me toward this one.


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  • mrhe March 19, 2017, 11:11 am

    Interesting…I will check this one out, thanks for sharing.

    • mrhe March 19, 2017, 11:14 am

      On a related note, it will be interesting to see how much tech will affect politics in the coming months/years. I know there have been several apps and services released recently connected to political activism, which on the whole seems to be a great thing. Remains to be seen how useful and effective these services are with engagement and getting people to the ballot box on polling day.

      • One Civic Act March 19, 2017, 11:37 am

        I totally agree. Personal contact, particularly from peers, is such a huge motivator for engagement and mobilization. Tech won’t help that, until we can vote from within Facebook (which I hope never happens).

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