Article • October 22, 2012

Who's the Boss?

13 Tools for Undecided Voters and Truth Seekers
The facts are these: Americans cast ballots in nearly two weeks. Debates and commercials haven’t convinced every voter. Stances have been taken. Fingers pointed. Patriotic pins pinned. Here are 13 sites and apps to make sense of it all.


Using sources ranging from the candidates’ websites to the IRS, this site calculates (in real numbers) the impact of proposed tax plans on a national, local, and personal level. Online at
Super PAC App

This app listens to campaign commercials and tells you who paid for it, how much it cost, what side the backer is on, and how viewers feel about it. Fair warning: The amounts can be staggering. Download from the App Store.
Know Your Ballot

Election hubbub is mostly about the candidates. But your state’s proposition votes are just as (or even more) important. This site explains the issues so you’re not caught off guard come ballot time. Online at

While most registration deadlines have passed, registered voters can go here to apply for mail-in ballots and sign up for reminders. First-timers: Get a head start by registering for future elections now. Online at