Educate Your Vote

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I live in Iowa.
{in case you didn’t know}

We are a swing state.
There are signs in every other yard.
Political commercials stream our TV screens.
Candidates visit our state on a frequent basis. {which is pretty cool}.

In February, I joined the masses and caucused for the first time. Traffic was backed up for blocks around my caucus location, the lines extended out the door, and it was hotter than a sauna in the gym where we had to meet.

But even through all the waiting, heat, and craziness, there was an energy that couldn’t be denied. I felt it in my being. No matter what candidate you were supporting, we shared something amazing that night – the ability to add our voice to the cacophony of the election process.

Thanks to my iPhone I was able to document the process in real time. Not only that, but it was exciting to see all my friends and family post their caucus experience. We were brought together in-real-life and through the digital universe.

 

Iowa Caucus

The process and the people were amazing.

But it isn’t over yet.

Even if you weren’t able to participate in the caucus you still have a chance to add your voice to Decision 2016.  Not sure where to start? Try your mobile device.

This election season, more than ever before, voters are relying on their mobile devices to learn more about the candidates and political issues before heading to the polls.

The increased usage means that voters have faster, more frequent access to campaign information and candidates must expertly leverage digital tools like social media to interact and engage with the American public to win votes.

As we head into the homestretch toward Election Day, many voters are using their smartphones and tablets to gather information about candidates, events, volunteer opportunities and polling results on the news, social media or in online discussions.

In fact, according to the Pew Research, about two-thirds of Americans owned a smartphone in 2015, compared with just 35 percent in the spring of 2011.

That same research tells us that more than a quarter (28%) of registered voters in the United States used their smartphones to keep up with politics in 2014, compared to 13% in 2010.  And 68% of smartphone owners use their phone to follow breaking news and 33% say that they do this “frequently.”

To stay on top of the political landscape with your iPhone or Android U.S. Cellular suggests the following tools for mobile device users:

Election AppUS Presidential Election 2016 App – This helpful app tracks important dates and events, including debates, conventions and primaries by state. It also provides background on all candidates, insights, commentary and news across party lines.

 

 

 

 

Network News Apps – Use news channel apps like CNN, FOX News or C-Span to get updates, breaking news and round-the-clock election coverage, anytime and from anywhere with U.S. Cellular’s high-quality network with nationwide coverage. These news outlets often delve into political issues, offer in-depth coverage of candidates’ campaigns and viewpoints, provide expert commentary on the political landscape, and provide real-time updates during debates as well as on Election Day.

 

Periscope and Meerkat – Livestreaming apps let users stream and view live video footage via Twitter. This is significant because voters can now witness campaigns like never before with round-the-clock access to the campaign trail.  Even remarks made off-the-cuff during a campaign can easily go viral and these “behind-the-scenes” moments have the potential to influence viewers’ opinions of the candidates.

 

Election 2016RegisterToVote.com – As of April 2016, 31 states as well as the District of Columbia allows people to register online to vote. This online registering process is quick, easy and convenient, and is meant to encourage more people to register to vote in time for the upcoming election.

 

With just over a month to go until the election, you have time to do your research and let your voice be heard.

 

 

Rock the Vote 2012

 

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All opinions are my own and an honest view of my story as a US Cellular customer.

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