It’s a common complaint – wanting to be more involved in politics, but being overwhelmed with the sheer amount of (frequently biased) data available. Personally, I’ve always turned to the White House official website to read the facts of who voted for what and supported what bill for myself, rather than to hear a pundit’s view on it.
Now, with My Elected Officials, it’s even easier to get involved. Designed by RK2 Enterprises, this app is a well-designed guide that enables you to find all the information you could possibly need on any member of Congress within seconds.
Upon opening the app, I selected the option to allow it to use my current location to identify my Congressional members. Instantly, my district’s representative and two state senators appeared on the screen. As you browse through other members in “MEO Tools,” you can also tap “Follow” to add any member to this list for easy access.
“MEO Tools,” an option at the bottom of the screen, allows you to search all members either alphabetically or by state, or search for Senate or House members specifically. In the menu, each member’s name is accompanied with a thumbnail photo, exact title and state. Once you select a member, you can choose to view his contact information, voting record, committee membership and sponsored bills.
I appreciate that the contact information offers email addresses, websites, office addresses, telephone numbers and even Twitter IDs and YouTube channels, as well as a contact form (in Safari). Many of the officials seem to be missing email addresses, which say “not available.” Tapping on the official’s website link will also take you to that page in Safari.
Once you fill out the “MEO Settings” with your name and contact information, the app will list congressional content according to your zip code. According to RK2 Enterprises, you can also expect push notifications on the officials you are following when Congress is in session.
It’s hard to find an excuse nowadays not to get involved in what our decision-makers are doing. For just two bucks, My Elected Officials is a great place to start.
My Elected Officials [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.