All of this commotion on the other side of the border has finally led us here.. to the 2016 US Presidential Election. Although we may live in Canada, here are a few resources should you wish to follow along:
There isn’t a whole lot we can do as Canadians except sit “across the street” and observe our North American neighbors as they decide their next President. You might be wondering why an iOS Developer from Calgary is writing about the US elections? Well, there are a couple reasons, 1. is that I like to keep a few of my blog posts current and relevant, 2. it is ignorant to think that whatever happens to our next door neighbors won’t have some sort of effect on us.
Anyway, here’s a few resources should you wish to follow along:
If you’re looking for all that statistics on just about anything condensed into easy to consume graphs… you’ve come to the right place. FiveThirtyEight is not an app but still looks great on any device you view it on. This site also remains unbiased as to who you should vote for, promising only to provide facts and true data. If you’re looking for some forecasting with some opinion, you will also find it there, however if you’re simply looking for data, this is a great site to check out and join in on the conversation.
Ballotopedia is a fantastic “hub” for all things election. You can find state voting history, candidate profiles, and real time statistics. Don’t take my word for it though, here’s a quote from Ballotopedia themselves: “Ballotpedia staff is working around the clock on election night and beyond to give you the results, analysis, and political trends. This page is the hub that connects you to the candidates, issues, and big-picture outcomes that matter to you in 2016. We will be updating this page, and all election pages on this site, in real time throughout the night. Check back often. Or just don’t leave at all. The information you need is right here.” A cool resource to definitely check out.
An obvious one but why not head down to the pub, grab a pint, and watch a news channel that is covering the elections live. Most news channels are good at displaying a healthy combination of facts, as well as having guest speakers participate in conversation. Find a station of your choice and see if they have an app for on the go coverage!
I can’t name just one app to download. Simply type in 2016 Election into your app store and BAM! you’ll be hit with an unending list of good and bad apps to download regarding everything to do with the Presidential Election. A cool one I found is called We The People. On it, you can find news, who the state is voting for, discussion, Twitter feeds, and more! If this is app is not to your liking I can guarantee there is another one that is!
Rock The Vote!
Both an expression and a website! Rock The Vote is something you can send to your American friends for information on voting, how to register, where to vote, etc. You can also find this information on any of the candidates websites you are interested in. As odd as it might be to have a Calgarian educating an American on what to do to vote in their own election, it is important that everyone exercise their right to vote rather than staying at home, and if it takes your sway to convince your friends to vote.. then why not!
So Much More
Folks there are so many resources online you can use to keep up with the elections if you do just a little bit of digging. There are apps, web pages, articles, TV stations, Podcasts, and so much more far beyond what I’ve mentioned. Take it from a talented Android Developer in Calgary, it pays to stay current, and informed.
I’ve got my own idea for an app
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