The national conventions are less than a month away. The Republican National Convention will choose the party’s nominees for President and Vice President, during the week of August 27, 2012, in Tampa, Florida, while the Democratic National Convention will be held during the week of September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
US News and World Report notes that Election Day is less than 90 days away, and the presidential race is still too close to call.
To keep track of it all, US News lists the Top 10 Smartphone Apps for the 2012 Campaign:
- Obama for America The Obama campaign’s app is all about grassroots organizing. It maps out registered Democrats near your address and lets users donate or volunteer. (Free for iPhone and Android)
- Mitt’s VP Users are promised to be the first to find out who Romney’s vice presidential nominee will be. (Free for iPhone and Android)
- OpenStates Find your state legislator and follow particular bills, legislators, or issues in all 50 states. (Free for iPhone)
- Polltracker Political website Talking Points Memo‘s app provides updated data on political polls for races across the country. (Free for iPhone)
- Dollarocracy Allows users to investigate the money in politics. The app compiles lists of top donors, industries, and locations giving money to politicians. (Free for iPhone)
- Politifact A mobile "Truth-O-Meter" fact-checks politicians and pundits. ($1.99 for iPhone and Android)
- Congress+ Contains extensive information about representatives in Congress, including each member’s contact info, legislative activity, mini-biography, and prospects for re-election. ($0.99 for a lite version, $4.99 for full; both for iPhone)
- NPR News National Public Radio lets users read news articles and listen to NPR stations across the country, live or on demand. (Free for iPhone and Android)
- C-SPAN Radio Another radio-oriented app, but this one allows users to listen in on Congressional hearings and as well as political analysis and lectures. (Free for iPhone and Android)
- Super PAC App Expected to be released before the Republican National Convention later this month, this app plans to allow users to point their phone towards a political commercial and instantly find out the group behind it.
Appolicious also has 10 Must Have Apps for the Political News Junkie while Poynter has a list of mobile apps for political news. Of course Washington Post, the NY Times and CNN Election 2012 have comprehensive coverage with free iPhone and iPad apps.