5 Apps To Help You Get Through The 2016 Election In One Piece

The 2016 election has been painful, like I-want-to-move-to-the-desert-and-never-talk-to-another-human painful, and there are still three more months to go. While we could certainly complain for days, it wouldn’t change anything or speed up this torturous process, but there are some apps that will help you survive the 2016 election. Since the U.S. hasn’t implemented online voting (yet) and you will have to actually go and vote Nov. 8, it’s best to make life as easy as possible until then by making your phone do all the work.

It might seem like the best way to stay sane is to sit this one out and not read the news or engage in political discussions until there’s a new president in office, but even if you already know you’re voting for a woman and not a bigoted man, there are still some things you need to know before the big day. For instance, where you need to go to vote might be an important piece of information. It might also be helpful to know what the polls are saying so you know whether or not you’ll need to flee the country Nov. 9 or can (kind of) happily stay in your American home.

So, here are the apps you need to wade through the chaos.

Hear My Voice

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The most important thing everyone has to do is make sure they’re registered to vote, and now there’s an app for that. Hear My Voice, launched Tuesday, is a civic engagement app that helps you register to vote, tells you where your voting precinct is, and even reminds you to vote. It also let’s you easily contact your representatives in Congress about the issues you care about.


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If you’re unsure whether or not you should reelect the people representing you in Washington, Countable let’s you see how your Congressmen and women are voting on specific legislation. It also allows you to quickly contact them before a vote to give your opinion.


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Want to keep tabs on who’s ahead in the polls so you know how high your election stress levels should be? PollTracker aggregates public polling and puts it all in one place, making it easy to know which way the country’s leaning at any given time.


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Another app to help you navigate the congressional election, Congress+ gives you information on every member in Congress and allows you to track legislation and see who’s supporting it.


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If you haven’t decided who to vote for for president or Congress, the Voter app uses Tinder-esque swiping to help you match with politicians who closely match your beliefs. It’s basically online dating, but for elections.

Do yourself a favor and get the apps that will help you the most. You don’t have to go at this alone.