The day has finally arrived. Tomorrow we will no longer need to hear, “I approve this message” from either candidate, or the bizarre rantings of Interactive Brokers Group CEO Thomas Peterffy.
Instead, if out at an election party or relaxing at home, your smartphone or tablet will serve as a great companion as the results come in. Here are some apps for iOS and Android that will assist in staying up to date with election returns.
Politico: The Politico team delivers the most solid and detailed reporting from the world of politics. If you enable push notifications expect plenty of updates during tonight’s election coverage. While it is on both iOS and Android, the latter version needs work.
Washington Post for iPad: Yes, it is iPad only, but it is a political junkie’s dream. Not only does it have a beautiful interface, it has a map with which you can tinker around with the electoral vote count. Also, it has a complete electoral map and summary for every presidential election to have taken place in the republic. Curious about how Thomas Jefferson outmaneuvered John Adams in the election of 1800? Go download it now.
The New York Times Election 2012: A great compliation of content from The New York Times political team. Fortunately there is an iOS and Android version, making it a good resource for anyone who wants more detailed, in-depth coverage when following up with election news.
AP Mobile: The Associated Press was one of the first news organizations to have an iPhone app when the App Store launched in 2008. Since then it has been one of the better applications for breaking news and constant updates. While the interface has changed significantly over time, it still excels at quickly updating stories that are constantly changing. Given this strength, it makes for another excellent choice when it comes to monitoring the 2012 presidential election results.