Tired of your friends complaining about a “rigged” system? Tired of seeing them post political memes, articles, and videos day after day? Are you that person everyone is tired of? Either way, the common theme is that we are all sick and tired. But for the most part, it’s a lot of talk, and little action. Complain all you want, but if you really want to make a difference and affect the current political climate, you have to contact your elected representatives to make sure they best represent you.
Hear My Voice, a new app for iPhone and Android, is trying to tackle the complex and controversial world of political engagement in a simple and unbiased way. The app touts itself as “the most convenient way to register to vote this election,” seeking to combat notoriously low voter turnout and political engagement.
Here’s how it works: First, register to vote (if you haven’t already), select the issues you care most about, and then input your Congressional district. After that is completed, your engagement in the political process begins.
Many people this election season have become disillusioned — either put off by media bias or just overwhelmed by all the issues. Hear My Voice provides clear and concise “For” and “Against” arguments on issues that matter to you. Instead of feeling uneducated on certain issues, and consequently not participating in the process, you can get balanced perspectives on issues you want to know more about.
To stay updated on issues, you can “follow” them so they continue to appear on your feed when action needs to be taken. If you feel strongly about a certain issue, after selecting whether you are “For” or “Against,” you can send your representatives a personal email, or even give them a call, via the app.
Reaching out to your representatives in a personal manner with an individualized message for a specific request can actually make a difference, especially if it’s an issue your representative is currently dealing with. Since most mainstream media sources mainly discuss national issues, local issues get a lot less attention. Hear My Voice knows your Congressional district and the issues you care most about, and will customize your feed to help educate you on the most pertinent issues that you can influence most.
Finally, If you’re one of those people who loves to get into political spats on Facebook, Hear My Voice is the app for you. There is a section dedicated solely to political discourse. So stop clogging the Facebook feed and take your passion to a place where people might actually listen. Don’t worry, there’s still a “like” button for validation.
Hear My Voice will help you discover new issues you may not have known about, stay on top of issues you care about, and become an engaged member of the political process.