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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

The Pulse Voter app (iOS, Android) was created by a group of Stanford University students to combat voter apathy.

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, the Congressional Research Service, the Congressional Budget Office, and GovTrack.

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2. Countable

Countable (iOS, Android) is another nonpartisan site perfect for learning about legislation, bills, politicians, and taking action.

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.

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3. Politifacts: Settle it!

Politifact is a well-known fact-checking site. It's companion app Settle It! (iOS, Android) is the best way to fact-check on the go. The app can also help resolve dinner table disputes.

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.

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4. PollTracker

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.

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5. Congress

The Congress and the Congress+ are the best apps to keep track of your elected officials in Washington, DC.

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.

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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.

The website is easy to navigate. In the top bar, you can click "What's New" to read news from the Associated Press and the newest fact checks. "Top 50" gives you trending articles and questions.

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.

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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.

If you have a specific question, you can submit it to FactCheck or SciCheck for science questions.

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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?

As petty as it might sound, having a copy on hand is a good place to start. A full transcript of the US Constitution is available for iOS and Android devices.

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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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.