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Aug 13 Posted 7 months ago
Thanks for the details Bart. I am glad you have shared all of this with our readers. You've got an ambitious project that is serving an important need.
Aug 12 Posted 7 months ago
Thank you for the thoughtful review Alan. Your comments get to the heart of the challenge that we're trying to solve.
And thank you for your comment regarding the correction. It's true that we endeavor to provide a wide variety of resources, including the full text, for voters to become informed about a bill.
The challenge we all face as citizens as we attempt to understand what's happening in government is significant. We encounter legislation of all types - from the straighforward and unimportant (renaming post offices) to the incredibly complex and often contradictory (omnibus spending bills).
In all cases, our Representatives must make a choice - Yea or Nay - and we're giving voters the same ability - tell your Reps how to vote and then evaluate how they do - did they represent your views or not.
We navigate the complexity by giving voters a quick overview, a deeper analysis, and links to the source resources that we're using. If you want to dig in - please do - and if you have insights - please let us know - we encourage user feedback.
1 - High level overview (a short summary, a case for and against, a cost estimate, and so forth) - much like this - from today's featured bill - giving preschool teachers more access to education:
2 - Greater detail:
3 - if you feel brave - the entire text of the bill (this is page 1 - read the rest here)
Thus far, it appears to be working. Users spend several minutes on the site, vote on multiple pieces of legislation and send messages to their Reps en masse.
In the coming weeks we'll be releasing an Android version of Countable (finally!), better notifications, and expanding our legisliative coverage.
Aug 12 Posted 7 months ago
UPDATE: There is an error in the article above. Full Text of bills are available on the App. In my review of the app, I did not see the link to the full text. It was off in the lower right corner and escaped my view.