A Useful Political Intelligence Tool for Political Junkies
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has created a free, interactive smartphone app which tracks state and federal bills pending floor action and your legislators’ votes.on those bills. This useful app is called VoteSpotter and has has been debugged to the point where it works well. There are only about 1,000 Android users of this app presently, but it is growing in popularity. It is available from both the Google PlayStore and the Apple IOS App Store.
You enter your voting address and the program determines your state and federal representatives from its database. Then you receive regular notifications of impending legislation soon to be voted upon by those legislators, described in plain English. You can then contact your legislator on any legislation for which you receive a notification, indicate your preference before the vote, and then concur or disagree with your legislator after the vote. Legislators have access to the ‘polls’, but not your individual information unless you elect to send them an email through the program.
Mackinac Center is now in the process of extending this application beyond the State of Michigan.
VoteSpotter is not a complete source of political intelligence yet because it doesn’t get down into committee action or bills not awaiting floor action, but this by no means diminishes its utility. Committee information, at least in the Michigan Legislature, is voluminous and difficult to track. You can wend your way through the Michigan Senate or House committee lists and get yourself on email lists to be notified of any chosen committee’s actions, or you can track individual Michigan bills. The process at the federal level is much more laborious, but you can go to the U.S. Senate and House web sites for information on pending bills and actions. Each of these web sites can get you to the committee or bill of your interest through drop down menus.
I downloaded the VoteSpotter app a couple of months ago and have been pleased with its performance. Mackinac Center has put a lot of money effort into this useful tool and it deserves more widespread usage. Doesn’t seem to trigger any advertising or other unappreciated intrusions. Ultimately, political intelligence apps like VoteSpotter will free us from the information chokehold that the lying mainstream media has enjoyed. A big THANK YOU to the Mackinac Center for developing this useful tool. I rate it at four stars out of five. Your rating?