I recently discovered a politics app that just might change the way everyone thinks about politics. Each election season I get frantic phone calls from friends and family from across the country asking me who they should vote for, what the particular issues are in their respective districts, and what I think about the overall political field. I often have to do quite a bit of research on my own to stay abreast of the various local, state and national races, but it is worth it. Little did I know two young Black women, Howard University alums Jordan Wilson and Wen-kuni Céant, were putting together an app that makes politics much easier and engaging. Politicking App, as it is called, is just what we need to help us stay informed and abreast of this incredibly important political moment.
This app is nonpartisan, so no matter what your political leanings, you can find the information you need. Politicking helps voters access nonpartisan content regarding candidates, ballot referendums and political happenings. Additionally, the app provides resources needed to participate in the electoral process such as election day checklists, voter registration guidelines and a polling locator.
The Politicking App provides nonbiased election information in three major ways. First, Politicking educates users on candidates, referendums and news. Users can access delineated information on ballot referendums so that voters understand their direct ability to influence policy. Second, Politicking encourages users to mobilize by providing polling locations and a live user feed to engage in real-time dialogue around the facts surrounding political events. And lastly, Politicking inspires users to engage in elections by creating a personalized platform relevant to their political preferences. The app is a resource for users to grasp a deeper understanding of politics rooted in their own interests. Essentially, it’s like calling your well-informed friend or family member and getting all of the information in one place!
Users can determine their preferred candidate through Politicking’s Elect-o-rate feature, and comb through crowded electoral fields by accessing candidate guides specific to each candidate platform. Through the app, users will be able to discover more about elections and candidates according to their political preferences. Users can also find out more about elections by accessing personalized candidate content.
Politicking creaters Wen-kuni Céant and Jordan Wilson are determined to increase voter participation among millennials. Following the 2016 presidential election, Céant and Wilson wanted desperately to change apathetic attitudes about politics. Their solution was to create Politicking, an app that would serve to engage today’s disengaged constituencies. To learn more about Politicking, visit: www.politickingapp.com. The app is currently available in Google Play. The iOS version will be available for all Apple users in the coming weeks, while the app is currently available to all Android and Google users for free. Let us support these two political entrepreneurs who are changing our democracy for the better.
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the new podcast FAQ-NYC.