Politics can be complicated. There are differing opinions on almost every channel or news site you can find. Figuring out what's true can be no easy task.
To untangle the mess, check out these nonpartisan apps to help you prepare for an upcoming election or sort fact from "fake news."
1. Pulse Voter
Through Pulse, you can see how important issues and legislation are polling on local, state, and national levels. You can scroll through legislation, learn more about issues, and tap "oppose" or "support." Topics are also searchable by keyword.
The app gathers information from nonpartisan, trusted sites like Congress.gov, the Congressional Research Service, the Congressional Budget Office, and GovTrack.
The app gives you a short summary of House and Senate bills, arguments for and against all issues, how they could impact you, and how much the legislation costs. You can voice your opinion by "voting" yes or no on the bills. Countable also lets you email your Congress members.
You can compare how you voted on a bill or topic with how your representatives voted. Seeing if your elected officials feel the same way you do can have a lot of bearing on how you vote in the future.
3. Politifacts: Settle it!
You can fact-check topics by names, keyword, or subject. Politifacts displays the accuracy of statements or quotes with the Truth-O-Meter. The meter can rate a topic as true, mostly true, half true, mostly false, false, or pants-on-fire.
After you fact-check, you can share your findings on social media to help squash inaccurate posts before they circulate.
If you're feeling confident in what's true or not, you can quiz yourself on the Politifact Challenge.
The PollTracker app (iOS, Android) has kept track of campaign numbers since 2012. The app delivers data on key races and candidates up to the minute. You can also keep track of data on important issues.
PollTracker shows the numbers at-a-glance, or in a more detailed view of how the candidates are doing in the polls.
FrontRunner is a similar app. Candidates or news stations can claim certain numbers, but FrontRunner gathers accurate poll statistics. You can customize which politicians you view with an easy toggle system.
With Congress or Congress+, you can have contact information for members of Congress to let them know how you feel about issues. You can also see how they voted on past legislation.
The apps can give you a more detailed look at legislative activity, like who's on which committee and who sponsored which bill.
Stay in the know of upcoming bill hearings, votes, and past, present, and future campaign information.
Though Snopes doesn't have a traditional app, you can still view the website in your mobile browser. The site operates similarly to Politifact and can find the truth from urban legends to politics.
Under "Fact Check" you can scroll through stories and questions circulating the internet and get a definitive answer on whether it's fact or fiction. When you click "Random," Snopes will roll the proverbial dice and give you a debunked story to read.
Topics and headlines are searchable as well.
FactCheck is like Snopes and Politifact. Again, it doesn't have a traditional app, but the website works on desktop and mobile browsers.
FactCheck analyzes news and helps you figure out what's true.
"Our mission is to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, so we focus on claims that are false or misleading," FactCheck said about its process.
8. Transcript of the US Constitution
The Constitution gets thrown into political debates frequently. But does it really support the person's argument? How do you know if something is constitutional or not?
The Android version is particularly handy because it contains other important documents like the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, and the Magna Carta (if you're really in the proverbial weeds).
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