We’re only weeks away from the US Presidential election, leaving little time for voters to be disenfranchised. And as Republican sponsored voter ID laws are being overturned virtually everywhere, it’s getting harder and harder for exclude eligible voters. Not to worry, The Onion is here to help. They have a new idea for an app which promises to bring voter discrimination to the palm of your hand.
The US presidential elections are still over over 3 months away, but apps have already become the hot tool this election year, with both campaigns, opinion sites, and pollsters releasing apps just to cover the campaign..
The Obama campaign released another last week and it’s raising eyebrows. The app will keep you up to date with the latest campaign news, but more importantly it is designed to get out the vote. You can use the app to find local polling info, including a map which will show you registered Democrats. Read more
Can’t get enough of election coverage? There’s an app for that.
TPM Media has just released a new app for the iPod Touch. PollTracker pushes the latest in tracking data, polls, and survey responses to your iPhone. The app also includes analysis from TPM’s staff.
“This is TPM’s fourth major election cycle, so we’ve been in this rodeo a few times before,” said Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher of TPM. “There’s a pattern where in the last three months [before Election Day], a lot more people become junkies. We designed it mainly for those people. When you get down to last few months, even a lot of people who aren’t hardcore political people want to know when the latest poll comes out.”
I’m doing my best to ignore the upcoming presidential election, so the app won’t do me any good. But I can see how it might interest an information junky.
Earlier this week, Mitt Romney launched an iPhone app, in which he apparently misspelled the word “America” in the slogan “A Better America.” When going to check out the misspelling (which as been corrected, to the chagrin of many of the app’s reviewers), I noticed that his app is rated 4+ in iTunes, a rating that Apple gives to apps that have no objectionable material.
President Barack Obama‘s campaign app, on the other hand, is rated 12+, a third level ranking given to apps in iTunes that contain: “Applications in this category may also contain infrequent mild language, frequent or intense cartoon, fantasy or realistic violence, and mild or infrequent mature or suggestive themes, and simulated gambling which may not be suitable for children under the age of 12.”
Underneath the ranking on Obama’s app, it says:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence