No manual way to delete your account 3/5
I was enjoying this app for a while, but even after I disabled email notifications, I continued to receive them. So, I finally decided enough was enough and went to delete me account--well, guess what? There is NO delete account option. You have to go to their website and write a support ticket asking to have your account deleted. Months went by with no response, and my account STILL EXISTS! Seriously: how is this even legal? Let people delete their accounts!!
UPDATE: Developer responded asking me to email their support email to address this concern and delete my account. I did, and nothing has happened. This is over two weeks ago. Review stays at 1 star, and I will be looking into my legal options.
UPDATE 2: Developer deleted my account. I am updating my review to 3 stars. I think it's a good product, and they told me they will hopefully implement manual account deletion soon. They need to work on customer service though, the only responses I got were seemingly through reviews here on the App Store.
Don't want news 2/5
The bills section of this app is great. It has clearly labeled bills, with discussion and arguments and everything I had hoped this app would be. Great information about the sponsors and progress of the bill. What I dislike is the feed section. I don't want countable news feeding me their opinions. When I try to get my friends from all over the political spectrum to use the app, the immediately biased countable news headlines brand the app as partisan. For example, if there isn't an immediate or upcoming bill directly related to Trump/Russia, I don't want to see it in this app. When I want news I'll head over to a dedicated news agency for that. With Countable I want the bills section and the bills section alone. The maximum countable news I want is what Congress is voting on this week. I really want this app to grow and succeed, but if the future will be feeding its users countable generated news I'll find another way to learn about bills and contact my congressmen.
I'd like to add that I'm a liberal, and I came to this app because I want to engage in level headed discussion about bills with conservatives. It's funny because Countable just released a YouTube video about how to avoid confirmation bias, yet Countable News just enforces what most liberals already think. If this app is to truly be a platform for unbiased discussion do your best to attract conservatives so we can have meaningful discussion. Please stop pandering and be honest about the direction you are driving this app in. I don't need another echo chamber in my life.
By E.G. styles
I usually don't review apps but this is great for finding out what congress is voting on and when.
Get rid of the color dependency!!! 2/5
The app is good, and I enjoy using it. But I'm color blind and the red/green nay/yea system is impossible to differentiate. It would be a quick simple mod to the app to use red and green thumbs up 👍🏾, thumbs down 👎🏿 graphics similar to emoticons. App developers need to learn an old graphic arts rule: If it doesn't look good in black and white, it doesn't look good. To see if your graphics work, print an image of them in gray scale.
And this app has affirmed my belief that most Americans have no clue on how government works. We really need to have twelve years of civics, and propaganda recognition classes mandatory in our education system. Most Americans have no working knowledge of how the whole thing is supposed to work, and can't comprehend how it does work.
By Jubilant attitude
Even the laziest among us can participate in democracy now! No more excuses! Please download this app and make your voice heard! THIS, is what you can do for your country!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😊
Very partisan 1/5
This app is obviously anti trump and will post articles about bills with headlines that mislead the viewer. Also the articles focus on false narratives to try to influence its users. Very fake and deceptive application
Let Your Voice Be Heard 5/5
By John boy 109
Keep up with issues that will affect you. Share your opinion with your elected officials. You can call them and speak directly to them.
Great app to aide in democracy! 5/5
I love this app! It has all the relevant information on upcoming legislative matters, easily accessible. It allows me to make my own opinion easily!
Definitely not a nonpartisan app 1/5
This is definitely a Liberal app. All the questions are meant to sway you towards the left's opinion and it can clearly be seen when reading. This is nothing but another arm of the left and their influence on media.
By LEE FM
Both myself and my representatives can be held to a higher standard...important to keep the site fair and balanced or you will lose one side or the other and stifle the exchange of ideas
Biased views 1/5
I feel like most of the time they are being biased towards one party. I was excited thinking this is a neural platform to voice citizens concerns but they keep pushing one sided topics. Very disappointed!
Absolutely excellent! 5/5
By Sweet DAS
This app compiles "the facts"! All the bills going through the House and Senate, a steady (non-partisan) news feed, and a source for people to vote on the issues and be heard by their reps. This app makes it so easy to be informed, at whatever level you wish to be. I feel a sense of comradery with like-minded folks, but also, I truly want hear the opposing views of others. If we don't listen to each other, we stay divided.
Too many notifications 2/5
App is hard to navigate.
Updated review on 7/6/2017 5/5
By Electric unicorn
The team who invented this app and maintain it for the general public are great and wonderful patriots to the cause of freedom and justice in America and the old saying that politicians should be changed out of office just as often as baby diapers and for the same reason is true.
If you don't have a healthy distrust of elected leaders of any political party in America you are dumb and need to go back to high school political social sciences class to be retaught how politicians control our country using ink on paper. You can save more human lives by confiscating pens, pencils, paper and money from corrupt politicians than you can by confiscating guns from mafia goons...
A good app 5/5
Countable is a pretty good app. Especially in this day and age, one must keep on top of what congress is (and isn't) doing so that this country stays together. I do have some problems with the UI though. It's been a little buggy ever since the app interface was revamped but I'm sure that that'll be worked out soon.
Great App for the Times we live in 5/5
This app keeps you well-informed about pending legislation in Congress, who sponsored the legislation, different perspectives on the legislation, allows you to express your opinion about the legislation and share that opinion with you representatives & then notifies you when/if the legislation passes & how your representatives voted. It is the most straightforward & user-friendly way to stay informed that I've ever seen. Perfect for anyone who cares about what happens in Congress.
Can't dismiss the counter 3/5
By Tony W63
I can't determine when there are new issues because the counter can't be zeroed.
Followed Apple's recommendation by clicking "notifications" and that solved the problem.
This an excellent tool to keep up with what is going on and to say what you think about it. I would like to see more people get involved!
An American App 5/5
By School Account Lamle
Why is it that whenever one American shows concern for another it is deemed liberal?
Yes, the app may present the issues slanted towards the American PEOPLE. But isn't it time someone look out for the majority of this countries people?
The best part about countable, I have a much clearer idea of who I want to vote for and against come next election.
More importantly, for the first time in my adult life I know who my local representative is and I value what he is doing on my behalf.
Representative Jared Polis isn't just some Democratic or a Republican, he is an American working hard to see that the issues that matter most to the people are heard.
Next election Midterm and Presidential I will vote! Why? Because now I know my vote matters. Thank you Countable for valuing my rights and helping me engage and be heard!
Great app 5/5
Thank you for making this app! I love how easy it is to stay informed on what my reps are doing and tell them how I feel about it. What a great way to help voters stay informed and connected!!!
No other apps like it 5/5
Great tool to stay informed a level deeper than the caricature version of politics spoon fed to us by the media
Fantastic App 5/5
By Baseballer 82
Please bring back voting percentages after you make your vote. Other than that, this app is phenomenal and is doing great things to help keep people informed
Finally Civic Education for the Masses 5/5
This app should be pre-installed on each phone! Amazing pro-democracy educational tool!
Excellent resource 5/5
Thank you for providing a simple resource where I can keep up with what is going on in the federal government and contact my representatives with a simple click! I feel like my voice is being heard.
Everything is written and formatted to support democrats. Needs to be more in the middle.
much needed app 4/5
i love countable- it definitely helps you stay on top of the issues and makes communicating with your representatives easy, but i have one minor complaint- if i get a notification and click on it, the corresponding badges should go away- you shouldn't have to scroll back to the notifications page to click AFTER you've viewed & acted on the related item.
Less than I expected 1/5
By Another JR
I thought it would make it easier to see which was my reps. voted, or how they planned to vote. It really doesn't so I'm not sure what the point is. They also took away the links to the reps websites, which is just stupid in addition to being annoying and counterproductive.
I originally reviewed this app on April 12 and gave it two stars. Today is June 8 and I've lowered it to one. Why? Because today, while everyone was busy watching James Comey, the House apparently passed a bill to repeal the Dodd-Frank banking law. I wanted to see how the vote went and specifically how my Rep. voted. That's what I thought Countable was for, but it's so dumbed down now that information in nowhere to be found. Deleting....
Great way to get involved 4/5
I love that it lets you see at a glance the issues that are up for vote. And I love that I can directly email my reps with my comments. I'd love it more if I was CC'd on those emails to my reps, and I'd love it more if I had an easy way to email my rep, about an issue, AFTER they voted on it. As in, I voted Nay, my rep voted Yea, and I want to tell them (from the particular issue we disagreed on) that I think they were wrong. Sure, I can email them myself, but having an immediate feedback button on a given issue that they voted contrary to my decision? PRICELESS!
Legislators don't listen very much, so being able to easily voice my opinion on the issue though the app is beautiful. It makes them aware that not only am I paying attention to what's going on in my country (with my initial yea/nay vote + comments,) but that I'm still aware that they voted against my interests, and that I'm STILL MAD, and will remember their track record in future elections.
Yea Nay tally?? 2/5
I'm pretty sure that an earlier version of this app provided a tally of yea and nay votes in terms of percentages. Now it just lists comments and not the percentage wise view of public opinion. Is the results of public opinion what really matters? This would just make apparent the disconnect between congress and their constituents- yes? Is this why the running tally was dropped??
No senators 1/5
Since this app does not seem to allow me to see my senators it's a complete waste of time.
Easy, fast & effective 5/5
Love this app.
Bug? Hack? 1/5
When I first reviewed this app about a month ago, I gave it five stars. Now I've found a problem: I changed the password and promptly lost track of the new one. Went back to app, tapped on the correct "change-your-password" command, and was informed I would soon get an email with the link to make the change. But the necessary email has never arrived. Neither did an email explaining why I wasn't receiving the needed link. I'm hoping this is just an old-fashioned bug, not that someone has hacked the site and is collecting accounts in order to create fake-news votes.
Before this happened, I thought it was the easiest electronic tool I had seen. If the developers will fix it, it should give people a way to express their responses to current actions of the federal government. I hoped (& still do) that participants would write responsibly and wouldn't wreck it with profanity, inaccuracy, and hysterical bias.
Least user-friendly app ever 3/5
This app's user-friendliness is the worst! I just spent 10 minutes typing a comment, went to edit a part of it, and, without hitting "cancel/close/whatever it says at the top left), it exited the typing prompt to the info on the bill on which I was commenting. It's not the first time that has happened. So, I'm assuming that if you hit the backspace too many times (on an iPhone/iPad), it automatically goes back a page? Also, can you redesign the comment prompt so it actually takes up the entire space of the screen instead of a tiny box? Some of us have more than just 10 lines of stuff to say.
App review 5/5
By We Willie Winkie
Countable App is a fantastic way to stay informed about what is going in Washington DC.
Great way to keep on top of Government! 5/5
By Nasal a
It comes to my email box and tells me what my senators, representatives, and president are up to. Couldn't keep up without this all-in-one information source.
I ❤ Countable 5/5
By Hackensack Pat
I love this app. It's a fabulous tool that lets me know what my legislators are doing and keeps me informed on important matters. Wish it had been available years ago!
Easy and important 5/5
I like that I get updates about current issues and votes. I also believe that it is an easy and efficient way to contact your representatives which is important.
Excellent - I used it daily 5/5
By Doglover 119
Stay on top of critical news, issues, upcoming legislation. Share your opinion and learn the facts. Get both sides views on the issues. Make your voice heard- straight to your representatives and key decision makers. Easy, free, effective!
Good alerts to legislative actions 5/5
Very useful prelude to contacting legislators.
I don't care about, and I ignore user comments.
Love this app 5/5
By Rome Traveler
Always wanted to know how my representatives were voting, this app makes it easy.
Quick and easy 5/5
Effective and easy to use app to stay informed and to contact your representatives.
Used to be great, now just good. 3/5
This app is a wonderful tool for keeping tabs on everything that is happening in Washington DC. However, with the latest release a feature has been done away with that let you see the total Countable user yay or nay vote count. I believe this feature is central to understanding the political psyche of America. Nobody has time to sum up all of the opinions, so developers you need to bring back the vote count!
Also, when writing or editing a comment to our reps it is very easy to accidentally press the button at the bottom to call our reps. This is very frustrating because it causes one to lose everything we have written. Please relocate this call button elsewhere to prevent this from occurring.
It has current bills 2/5
This app does have bills currently going through both houses of Congress. That's about it. It inserts its way-left-leaning views into most issues, often featuring such "news" sources as Politico.
I've had this app on my phone for months now, and I'm deleting it today for this reason - bias. On any issue, no matter what it is, you can count on countable to make the progressive case or present it with a progressive slant. And to be fair, they are playing to their user base. Progressives outnumber conservatives/libertarians here by about 10-1. Half of those - by my guess - are activists paid to write progressive talking points into the comments section.
Great information available in this app, but it's a shame that they don't do more to make those on the right feel more welcome. But they're in good company with the rest of the mainstream media.
UPDATE: Countable's response to my comment proves my point. There is no "from time to time" -- EVERY political issue I looked at on Countable was presented with reliability progressive framing and the comments were overwhelmingly (10-1) progressive. There was no balance, no issue where conservatives/libertarians suddenly had the upper hand.
Their failure to acknowledge the real issue and their encouragement of the kind of one sided debate that is not reflected in the actual preferences of American voters has resulted in me dropping my rating to one star. I'll not go back. I will continue to get my political and policy news elsewhere.
Handy for Activists 5/5
Very well done! Simplified language for bills, and links to more information about each so you can gain some clarity. If you share your opinion, they will format it as an email and send it to your congresspeople. You can also choose issues and get news feeds, and keep tabs on how your reps and senators vote. Tip: It's very useful as a source for composing ResistBot faxes -- another excellent tool!
Empowering, easy & informative 5/5
This is a fabulous app. Timely and neutrally summaries of what our elected officials are up to so you can weigh in, learn enough and take action in minutes of your day.
Highly highly recommended!!
If we don't engage actively in this democracy to demand accountability and sensible policies we will lose the democracy.
I've used Countable for several months now. Thought I was the only person who was concerned by the turn to isolationism, racism and just plain hate in our country today. I found out that I'm not and there are many of us. This app provides an avenue to hear from those of like mind as well as those with differing views. I don't believe my North Carolina Congressional reps care one wit what anyone thinks if it differs from their agenda but at least this is a venue for ideas and comments. Thanks for creating the app!
Politically biased 1/5
A politically biased site that pretends to be otherwise.
The app crashes upon launch. Maybe not backward compatible with iOS 8?
Was great until they changed it 2/5
It was great when it first started. They cut through the noise and focused on what bills were being passed and was very unbiased. Now blogs and articles are turning this app into something with a hidden agenda and I'm losing trust.
Also why did they do away with the ability to see how law makers voted??! That was the best feature out there. This app used to be about transparency. And now it's getting to be too noisy. Have stopped using it because the features that were important have been stripped. The only thing I look at now is what congress is voting on this week.