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Be Heard! Download the Capitol Call app to contact your legislators and other elected officials with one tap. Let your voice on the issues be heard in the most effective way to reach your representatives - a phone call.

We use your GPS to automatically determine who represents you (or you can enter your address) - so no searching or guesswork.

Also you're not limited to your federal representatives either - we've improved our interface to make discovering your local representatives even easier!

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Election season is coming : make sure to review your the new lawmaker score card and review the bills they have sponsored in this session of Congress (for federal representatives). Will the incumbent get your vote in 2018 or is it time for a change?

Track upcoming elections and primaries so you know when to get to the polls. Also - we've added lots of state specific information to give you all the details you need specific to your voting requirements.

Our election countdown makes sure you don't forget about the midterms - and you can even add it to your calendar to make sure you make it to the polls in November.

Not registered to vote? Or want to verify your registration? We've got you covered. Powered by Vote.org - you can now register or verify you're all set via the app.

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Our updated community-powered "Take Action" tab allows you to find issues you are passionate about and take immediate action - with one click we put you in contact with the right official for that issue - providing detailed background information and call scripts so you can feel confident and ready to speak to your rep's staff.

We now support statewide and local campaigns as well - letting you take action directly in your community.

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Keep up with current political news with our "News" tab and take action to contact your reps directly from recent articles - with auto-generated contact scripts based on what you've read.

Also, help keep a balanced view of the political landscape and escape your filter bubble with our news feed balance rating powered by media bias ratings from AllSides.com.

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Capitol Call was Apple's App of the Day in Sept 2017 and January 2018, and featured as one of Apple's 20 Influencers of App Culture for 2017. We are a 2018 Webby Honoree in Public Service and Activism.

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Are you part of an advocacy group looking to reach your supporters on the device they use most? Become a contributor and add your own calls to action to our library.

Learn more at: http://capitolcall.org/organizers.html

What's New

Version 3.3.1

New in 3.3.0/3.3.1:

* More news sources! Powered by NewsAPI.org.

* Election tracker to tell you what elections are coming up that you can vote in - including Primaries! Powered by Voter Information Project (and others).

* Sync Upcoming Elections to your Calendar - with reminders - so you remember to plan your day around getting to the polls.

* Added state-specific and local voter information providing details on how to be ready for Election Season.

* Now easily share online voter registration and verification tools with your social networks - helping your friends and family get to the polls.

New in 3.2.2/3.2.3:

* We've added iPhoneX support!

* Filter the groups you receive campaigns from based on your political preferences.

* Register to vote or verify your registration - powered by vote.org.

* 2018 Midterm Election countdown will help you stay informed when its time to get to the polls - you can even add an appointment to your calendar!

* We've added a new first time setup wizard for new users to get started more easily.

* Numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

* Typo fixes!

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
203 Ratings
203 Ratings

Has potential despite the original intent

markbyrn

The app does the easy part of identifying your federal (not state) elected officials based on your current location or address that you type; 1 star for that. What it doesn't do is allow you to select legislative action centers (or capwiz or take action) for advocacy
groups of your choice. For example, one might want to see legislative action centers for the ACLU, NRA, or countless other advocacy groups. Instead, the app touts 'campaigns' created by 'sponsors' (individual left wingers or a token right winger.) Let's hope the developer takes the next step of tying the app into already existing professional advocacy groups of the users choice and makes it a five star app. The app should also allow you to set your personal political or issue preferences so one can focus on seeing what matters to you rather than what politically matters to the developer. From a press release he put out, it's clear he's politically biased but the app still has potential despite it's original intent to push left wing causes.

Developer Response

@markbyrn Thanks for your feedback. We'd love to partner with larger professional advocacy groups - though to be honest we just haven't had the clout for those types of relationships. Our hope is that visibility created from the Apple feature will help us establish relationships with not only a broader set of contributors but also larger more established groups. My personal political leanings aside - I'd prefer to have a community of many viewpoints rather than be single sided - as ultimately I believe this provides greater value for everyone. Though as I've mentioned in other responses, this will take some time to build as we're a very small team building this on the weekends and funding any expenses ourselves.

Thanks

justinapeterswv

Thank you for offering an awesome app that allows people to find their representatives information easily and readily contact them. I would like to suggest to look into utilizing the Sunlight Foundations’ data to possibly incorporate their voting history and campaign finances into a similar app? I always wanted an app like this to be available to people and now I guess I found it. Thanks again!

PS. I wish I could also suggest links/information that is missing from certain officials pages like their social media accounts and websites.

PPS - I’m a pretty conservative person and can realize that a community driven app like this is simply going to reflect the interests of those who choose to contribute. The most helpful part of this app is simply the geolocation god representatives and contact info presented in a simple way.

Developer Response

@justinapeterswv Thanks for all the great suggestions. Beyond working to build more diversity in our community - we're also collecting all the feature requests for our next round of development. I've looked at the Sunlight Foundation data in the past and agree - that would be great to incorporate as well. And please recommend Capitol Call to additional Advocacy organizations you think could make use of it to spread their message - a more diverse set of viewpoints will only add value to the platform.

Not ready for prime time

bexn01

I downloaded this app today and at first was impressed with the way it was setup. I quickly lost interest when simple functionality such as looking at representative information caused the app to grind to a screeching halt when you scroll down close to related news. It continued to spin while looking for news and wouldn’t let you go back or cancel it in any way other than to quit the app. I tried many different representatives and had the same result. This wasn’t a matter of waiting long enough for it to finish looking for the info. After 10 minutes(!), it was still searching when I gave up and closed the app. It simply shouldn’t take that long plus you should be permitted to cancel the search or at least go back a level.

Once the developer fixes this, I’ll reevaluate the app. Until they get a handle on it, I hope they’ll consider disabling this feature.

Developer Response

A quick update: we've just released a fix that puts the request for related rep news to the background. So, while we can't necessarily control performance from our news provider, we can at least make it so it doesn't lock up the UI on you. Thanks for bringing this to our attention so we can ensure the best app experience for all our users.

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@bexn01 - sorry that was your experience - I certainly can appreciate how that was frustrating but thanks for bringing this to our attention so we can do something to address it.

The lawmaker "related news" is a relatively new feature and while we've tested it to work under normal operations - it is certainly possible that due to the massive surge in new downloads yesterday as a result of the feature on the AppStore, that this area was experience scaling issues. We use a 3rd party service for providing that news feed - and while we've never heard of performance issues with our connection to them - we also could have hit some sort of limit we weren't aware of.

Rest assured - we will look in to this. Also, I suspect that if you pull open the app today or tomorrow, you shouldn't notice this issue as our usage is no longer at its peak.

Information

Seller
object studio LLC
Size
14.1 MB
Category
News
Compatibility
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© 2018 Capitol Call
Price
Free

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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