One of the things that make the United States a proud nation is its mature democracy, but there are some major issues it still needs to tackle.
iCitizen is a startup that aims to strengthen American democracy and give you a voice to speak out about issues that are important to you. With the mobile app, you’ll know more about the elected representatives and have a simple way through which to share your views and thoughts.
Icitizen allows you to track your elected official as well as the issues you care about in real time. It also enables you to take part in polls to enable your elected representatives know about your stand on certain topics.
The mobile app can be downloaded for free on Google play if you have android device or in the Apple App Store if you have an iPhone. The company, which has already raised more than $3.3 million to date, has said it handles 13,000 votes on a daily basis.
According to The Pew Center, there are about 206 million Voting-Age Americans, while 146 million of them are registered voters. Statistics also shows about two thirds of the American population participates in some form of political activity each year while 13% of the population participates in at least five activities.
However, there are some challenges involved, such as limited voice of the minority, elections held every 2-4 year and the fact that the ideologies of the minorities are overridden by the majority. This makes it harder for you to stay connected on the news, elected officials and legislation. Consequently, you may end up losing connection with the current political processes every 2-4 years.
Thus, iCitizen is planning to increase participation and inspire voters to take more active role in the political processes by monitoring and delivering relevant information, data and news to your mobile device. The issues that users can choose to follow a range from education to taxation to gun control to health. The app also prompts users to rate their politicians and express their support or opposition on certain issues.
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