Vote4US: A fun mobile app to explore US politics

Vote4US is a mobile app enabling voters to compare/discover candidates with similar views through fun quizzes, games, & unbiased info.
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Jerry Brower
Technology
Hilo, Hawaii
United States
1 Team Member

Why Vote4US app matters

Many voters are unsure or confused as to whom to vote for and some end up voting for whoever posted the most signs or bought the most advertising. I have tried to find a good place that was fun and with unbiased information, but I couldn't so I decided to make it...

Vote4US is a mobile app that enables the over 132 million voters to compare and discover candidates with similar views through the use of entertaining quizzes, activities/games, and access to an aggregation of unbiased information on each candidate.

Having a political "conversation" with your friends? Pull out your smartphone with the Vote4US app and dominate with all the facts you want at your fingertips! Have fun exploring the political landscape with your friends.

Unsure about which candidate is worthy of your vote? Use Vote4US to match up with candidates based on their position to key issues important to you, then compare side-by-side!

Like politics? Like games? Like to earn achievements? One of the stretch goals adds Vote4US games like our "You Pick 'em", where like the sports equivalents, you compete with your friends to pick the winners. Later versions will be very customizable to allow tuning of your "league".

A basic version of the app will be available for free, but a premium upgrade is available to add more cool stuff. Being a political app that is endeavoring to be as completely unbiased as possible, even the free app will be ad free. That's why I am turning to Kickstarter. Check out the features and the sketch-ups of the app on our sitehttp://vote4.us/

Versions

Version 1

  • Simple candidate information and comparison
  • Compare and contrast candidates, research candidate information, and even contact them.
  • Simple political quiz
  • Take a short 10 question quiz that lets you see where you lie on the political landscape and compare with your friends, if you choose.
  • Social Integration - Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Allows you to easily communicate your findings or broadcast your support/opposition to a candidate.
  • Daily Polls Entertaining way to see how your answer to the question of the day compares to national, state, city or just your friends.
Version 2
  • Candidate Matching Quickly find a short list of candidates that match your values. Dig in issue by issue to find the candidate most worthy of your valuable vote.
  • Add robust Candidate/Campaign profiles Allows candidates to add personalized information with expanded data on each candidate.
  • Add virtual debate to candidate profile The virtual debate feature allows candidates to expound upon their position on an issue. Then their opponents are each allowed one comment on that statement with the candidate allowed one short rebuttal on each opponent comment.
  • More robust user profile Add information with your views on the various issues to facilitate accurate candidate matching. 
Version 3
  • mechanism to become a “verified” account After an easy and safe verification process, your comments will be given more authority over unverified users. This will help eliminate anonymous trolls ruining your experience.
  • Add Achievement/Badges system Earn cool badges as you participate and interact with others on the app. Become an elite member and add unique features to your account.
  • Add volunteering Find a candidate that you really beleave in? Volunteer to help them either virtually or physically right from within the app.
  • Add donations Donate to the cause if the mood strikes you.
  • Lobby Group / Pac / Club Joining Mayor Daley once said, “We don’t want nobody nobody sent.” So if you want your voice heard, you will need to join together with other like-minded people. Hate potholes on your street? Form “Chicago citizens for the improvement of city streets” and join together with others to make your voice heard and action done!
  • Build forum Participate in forum discussions on issues or candidates.
  • Virtual rally/speeches Attend virtual rallies/speeches or just read about them afterward. 
Version 4
  • Add voting registration Register to vote from within the app, where allowed by law, or at least get information on where to go.
  • Add local voting location info, hours, map View information on your polling location including hours and a map with directions, if desired.
  • Ready to Vote report Mark candidates that you wish to vote for, preview ballots, when provided, and print a report so you can vote as you planned when you get to the polling location.

Stretch Goals

Goal: $65,000 - Version 2 unlocked  Will add another reward type for those who are candidates or want to run for office.

Goal: $100,000 - Version 3 unlocked  This also adds free verified user status to all supporters at level $25 or higher.

Goal: $125,000 - Version 4 unlocked

Rewards

This is a skimmer hat:

Pictures of the Vote4US campaign buttons coming soon

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can’t contribute, that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

  • Please talk about this on social media and IRL.
  • Post on your Facebook page.
  • Tweet a message inviting followers to join us.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!
  • Shout it from your soap box.

Thanks! and...

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  • $1USD
    Looks cool

    Help support this app and get informed when it is done. Thanks!

    4 claimed
  • $5USD
    Early Access

    Listed on web as supporter + early access to app before the rest of the world.

    3 claimed
  • $9USD
    Beta Access

    Listed on web as supporter + Beta invite + special Beta achievement with icon associated with account for life + first access to app. Developer Diaries emailed so you can keep informed on progress. Plus exclusive Vote4US backer wallpaper for your computer .

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  • $15USD
    Beta + Premium In-App Upgrade

    All of Above + premium account/app upgrade + premium achievement with icon associated with your account on the app for life. You will also get 2 Vote4US campaign buttons and bumper stickers to show your support.

    1 claimed
  • $25USD
    Campaigner for Democracy

    All of the above + access to the Developer Forums so you can not only get first access to Vote4US info, but participate in the development discussion! You will get an exclusive achievement on your account with account title (exact title to be voted on by this reward level backers) and elite icon for life + Vote4US Skimmer Hat and 4 Vote4US campaign buttons.

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    $50USD
    App Insider + Beta + Premium

    All of the above + access to the Developer Forums so you can not only get first access to Vote4US info, but participate in the development discussion!

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  • $50USD
    First Friends of Democracy

    All of above (including App Insider access) + T-Shirt (Vote4US Friend of Democracy) + Friends of Democracy list on web and exclusive achievement on your account with account title (exact title and t-shirt design to be voted on by this reward level backers) and elite icon for life.

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  • $100USD
    Friends of Democracy

    All of above (including App Insider access) + Friends of Democracy list on web and exclusive achievement on your account with account title (exact title to be voted on by First Friends of Democracy reward level backers) and elite icon for life + Vote4US Skimmer Hat and 4 Vote4US campaign buttons.

    1 claimed
  • $500USD
    Visionary of Democracy

    All of above + Visionary of Democracy achievement with named credit in app and web. More will be added to this level with the version 2 (see stretch goals) including 5 tokens to post poll questions to the world or just your part of it. (subject to review for appropriateness) You also get 2 "I'm a Visionary of Democracy" Vote4US T-Shirts.

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  • $1,776USD
    All access pass

    All of above + all achieved stretch goal rewards + invitation to special politically incorrect dinner party/launch party (I will also give you a special tour of the Big Island including waterfalls and active volcano)

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