Vocativ's "VOTR" App Is "Tinder For Politics" For You & Your Senate Soulmate
Ever found yourself wishing there was an easier, more fun way to figure out which political candidate deserves your vote? Well, happy days: Thanks to VOTR, an "Tinder For Politics" app, you can find your Senate soul mate using — wait for it — an emoji-driven questionnaire.
The digital news organization Vocativ released VOTR on Monday, marketing the app as the “Tinder for Politics." Except, instead of late-night fun and less-than-scintillating online conversation, you get matched with a set of political candidates whose demographics and ideologies align most with yours. The app tailors its questions to help you sort through the 161 U.S. Senate candidates currently running for the 36 open U.S. Senate seats and decide which thinks most like you, generally speaking.
How does a Tinder-esque voting app work, exactly? The online VOTR interactive app — which is housed on Vocativ’s website in a cute little iPhone-shaped widget — asks you 15 questions about your education, finances, and personal beliefs in order to find your “Senate soul mate.” In order for the questionnaire to yield accurate results, you have to answer at least 10 of the 15 questions.
Oh yeah, and as an added bonus, the whole questionnaire is conducted through emojis. Did I mention that?
Anyway, I decided to try it. First, you're faced with some basic questions about your general demographics:
Next, the questions get a little more ideologically-driven:
And finally, some seemingly random questions round out the questionnaire:
After you answer VOTR's questions, the app gives you some instruction about how to approve or reject their suggested candidate matches — spoiler alert: it's very reminiscent of Tinder.
If you approve of one of VOTR's candidate matches, the app lets you share your exciting news with all of your Facebook and Twitter friends. Also, now you can rest assured knowing that you can vote for a candidate about whom you know at least four bullet points-worth of information.
If you're not satisfied with the brief summary of the candidate's positions, VOTR includes links to each candidate's website and various social media accounts to make it even easier for you to get informed.
While the app might seem silly at first, innovative social media-based solutions like VOTR could be crucial in proving Fox News wrong and getting millennial informed and voting in the upcoming midterm elections. Sure, maybe having unformed citizens voting in key elections isn’t ideal, but why should encouraging them not to vote be a better solution than making it easier for millennials — and everyone, really — to get informed? Fun, creative apps like VOTR proves that it doesn’t have to be hard to get informed about political issues, especially in an age where information about the candidates and their platforms is literally at our fingertips.
Though currently, the app only exists as an interactive widget on Vocativ’s website, hopefully VOTR will expand to a smartphone app soon — perhaps in time for the 2016 presidential primaries.
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