Democracy is great — and confusing. Fortunately, apps can help you decide and decode the contentious presidential election. Even if you have no idea what a SuperPac is, these apps can help you figure out who's behind what political advertisement, how to vote absentee or what politician is simply spouting hot air.
This website, run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, attempts to drill down into today's trending stories to see if there's a nugget of truth in them. The site doesn't pick sides, and it may criticize both sides — sometimes on the same issue — equally.
Aside from being a fact checker, The Washington Post's iPad app also gives a synopsis on where both candidates stand on the issues and an interactive map that shows presidential election results for all states since 1789. It's free, but if you are willing to pay $3, you also get access to political blogs and opinion pieces.
This handy app gives users the ability to do such things as verify their voter registration, register to vote, see their area's early or absentee voting rules, look up polling places and review state rules and regulations – especially important now since state voting laws seem to be changing quickly.
This app recently debuted as a way to figure out who's behind those political commercials distributed by groups with ambiguous names. The app uses audio recognition, and just by listening to a political ad, it can tell users the name of the Super Pac responsible, the cost of the ad and the accuracy of the claims made in the commercial.
Want to sort out the facts from the fiction? Politifact, a prominent website, does just that and has released a mobile app for users on the go. The app has The Truth Index that displays Politifact's Truth-O-Meter rulings, its Flip-O-Meter and email features to send facts to friends or family. Even better is Politifact's Settle It app that's supposed to settle both friendly and hostile political arguments with a dose of facts.