Voters prep for the ballots with Android

by Kristen Nicole

It’s election time, and people are particularly adamant about midterm votes this year. Coming off the steam of 2008’s presidential elections, the U.S. is more tech savvy than ever, when it comes to utilizing web and mobile tools for the voting process. App developers have caught on, too, with a number of Android apps designed around voting.

News and more

CNN is among the most trusted, with an app called CNN Elections Center. It provides news related to political races, as well as election day results. The free app is also synced with CNN’s iReport tool, enabling you to contribute comments about the voting scene in your region. CNN Election Center will also locate your nearest polling center, and provides news alerts as race results come in.

ElectionCaster by Handmark delivers political news on a national and local level, integrating deeply with various social media streams. You’ll get top tweets from politicians and news sources, as well as poll results to see how votes are coming in beyond the ballot box.

Your perspective

The VoterMap app will also tap into the pulse of the nation’s political scenes, geo-tagging comments from across the U.S. Post issues you feel strongly about, and see where your fellow sympathizers are. You can also post images and videos, as well as audio files, and share your posted comments across the social web.

Want to defend the nation’s voting process? Grab the Voter Fraud mobile app. It lets you report voting fraud from a citizen standpoint, empowering individuals in more ways than one. Already pre-categorized for common fraud tactics, reporting can be as easy as selecting from a list, and adding a comment. Track your report history and access related news from an integrated feed.

The details you need most

Google also has a mobile election tool, though it’s not in the form of an app. It’s their mobile election site, hailing from Google Labs, and is a resource for voters ready to cast their contribution to the ballot box. Google Election Center provides polling locations, registration instructions, ballot info and state and local election office contact details, aggregating the bulk of the data you need to know in order to participate in your rights as a U.S. citizen.