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New App Lets You Register Your Vote 

Wednesday, Jun 3 2015
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Now that mobile apps have reduced our decision-making to swipes to the left or right, a local startup wants to apply that idea to government. Its app, a Tinder lookalike called Countable, lets you vote "Yea" or "Nay" on bills and send emails directly to legislators.

The app — whose slogan is "Influence Congress in Minutes" — launched in San Francisco on May 21. It offers short, easily digestible summaries of complicated bills, along with the costs of the bills, media coverage, and arguments for and against. Countable hopes to encourage participation from voters who wouldn't otherwise show up at meetings or write to their representatives.

District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar says a dozen or so votes have come in to his office from Countable already.

"I'm kind of a technology nerd, so I kind of like experiments like this," Mar said. "We're curious if it will catch on."

The app works much like every other social network wherein we tweet, ping, zip, and zap; users can follow specific legislators, share their opinions, and see who endorses what.

A few recent issues: "Should New Buildings Have to Use Non-Drinkable Water in Their Toilets?," "Should Soda Ads Have Warning Labels?" and "Should the City Halt New Housing Development in the Mission?"

Simple enough — so, go on, pry yourself away from Twitter and tell the supes what you think.

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