A New, Easy Way to Make Your Voice Heard in Washington!

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Laguna Woods, California
January 27, 2017 9:28pm CST
Many of us do not take the time to call, email or write letters to our Senators and Congressional Representatives, even when we feel strongly about an issue. Consequently, many bills get passed with very little input from the public. Now, some ingenious app creators have started a new service which makes it quick and easy for you to write the Senators from your state and the U.S. Representative from your District, and let them know what you think about every single issue which they are considering. There is no longer a reason to stay quiet. The app is called "Countable." I downloaded it this morning and, within minutes, was already sending my opinion to my Congressional representatives. You can simply vote that you are for or against a bill they are considering, or you can add a comment, if you wish. You can also choose to have your opinions shared on Twitter and Facebook, if you want. Here is how it works: You put in your zip code and they show you the names of your Senators and US Representative, in case you don't already know. Then, whenever you "vote" yea or nay on a bill which is under consideration, THE SITE SENDS AN EMAIL TO YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE and gives them your opinion. If you have a comment on the bill, they will send that, too. Even if they don't read the comments, they will get a tally of how everyone on Countable who lives in their State or District feels about that bill. If you also want your vote to show up on your Twitter or Facebook feed, you just have to click a button to make that happen. It is so easy to tell your Congressional Representatives what you think on every single bill they vote on. In less than 24 hours, I had already sent them my opinion and comments on 26 bills. I love this site already! Here's a few quotes from the website: "Countable is slick, easy to use and could definitely help inform your opinions." "Tinder, but for Unsexy Congressional Bills, Is Kind of a Great Idea!" "You don't have to wait for your representatives to adopt anything. All you have to do is sign up and start sending your thoughts to Congress." I just thought I would let everyone know about this app. I have already left a dozen opinions (my user name on the site is simply "Deborah). I can't wait to send off more opinions! It doesn't matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, this site is great!
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Jan 17
This sounds like a great idea. I do hope the addressee pays attention.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic - I am sure our Senators and Representatives may not always do everything their constituents want. However, if they get overwhelming commentary asking them to vote a specific way on a certain issue, it could impact their vote. I decided this would be more effective than simply complaining about issues which bother me on Facebook.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Jan 17
@DeborahDiane Very true. I am confident that our Senators and Reps from Oregon will do the right thing pretty much all the time.
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• Laguna Woods, California
30 Jan 17
@JamesHxstatic - I am confident that my California Senators will do the right thing, too. However, I am more concerned that my District U.S. Representative is a Republican and she has already voted on a few bills in ways I did not like. I am enjoying letting her know our opinion.
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@moffittjc (44667)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Jan 17
Sounds like it potentially be an amazing app, but who is on the other end of the app reading the comments and opinions? I'm sure it's not our elected officials who are taking the time to use the app.
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@moffittjc (44667)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jan 17
@DeborahDiane It sounds like an amazing app! But playing devil's advocate here, don't you think the Senators will get tired of getting emails from Countable and then just block them as a spam site so they don't have to deal with it anymore? I could see our no-good-for-nothing Congressmen doing that, just so they don't have to be accountable to their constituents.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 Jan 17
@moffittjc - Yes, it is possible they will block the site as spam. However, the same can happen with any other types of mail, email, phone calls, etc. It is also a great way to find out about pending bills and how your representative voted ... so you can bug them outside Countable, if you want. This is a tool that is worth trying, and they may just be curious about what the public is saying. In addition, people who agree with the totals, such as Democratic Senators, can use the data to support their stance. Countable could also decide to publicize the results. Finally, it is so easy to Tweet out your opinions from the site, if you have a Twitter account, you can widely publicize you opinion, too. I think it is worth trying.
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@moffittjc (44667)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jan 17
@DeborahDiane It definitely sounds like an app worth trying! Who knows, it might be the next great social media app!
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@allknowing (68826)
• India
28 Jan 17
What about twitter. Is that not a place for such contribution?
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 Jan 17
@allknowing - Yes, people can still use Twitter. However, there is no way to know if our Senators and Representatives are paying attention to Twitter. In this case, Countable will send our elected officials regular tallies showing whether the citizens of their states and districts are for or against a bill which is coming up for vote. In addition, it has already made me aware of bills which I did not know about. Finally, after you express your opinion on Countable, you can push a button and send your opinion to your Twitter or Facebook feed ... if you wish to.
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@allknowing (68826)
• India
29 Jan 17
@DeborahDiane But do these 'votes' matter.?
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 Jan 17
@allknowing - The "votes" only count as a matter of showing public opinion on issues.
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@DianneN (82484)
• United States
30 Jan 17
Thanks for sharing that! I'm getting it right now!
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 Jan 17
@DianneN - I am trying to spread the word as much as possible. It has quickly become my favorite phone app!
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@DianneN (82484)
• United States
31 Jan 17
@DeborahDiane I love it, Deb!!!!!
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 Jan 17
@DianneN - Glad you like the app. It is a wonderful way to stay up-to-date on bills ... and help us let our politicians know we are paying attention to what they do!
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• New Delhi, India
28 Jan 17
Wow this is amazing.. I hope it fetches results also ..
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 Jan 17
@amitkokiladitya - I think it will be great when sites like this are available in democracies all around the world. It could make a real difference.
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• New Delhi, India
28 Jan 17
@DeborahDiane sites will help only if they bring results ...otherwise no use
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 Jan 17
@amitkokiladitya - Yes, they must bring results. The only way that will happen is if enough people use them.
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@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jan 17
This sounds a great idea. It will let politicians know how the general public views various bills that might be put up.
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• Laguna Woods, California
29 Jan 17
@JudyEv - I love the app and it is a great way to also find out what bills are currently being considered.
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@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jan 17
@DeborahDiane It sounds a convenient way of keeping track of what's happening.
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• Laguna Woods, California
30 Jan 17
@JudyEv - Yes, it is very convenient. I get an email every morning to learn about new bills under consideration and how my elected officials have voted. Much better than anything I had in the past.
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@sunrisefan (19137)
• Philippines
31 Jan 17
That is a very good innovation.
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• Laguna Woods, California
31 Jan 17
@sunrisefan - This has been wonderful. I love being able to send my opinion on bills directly to my elected officials.
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@sunrisefan (19137)
• Philippines
1 Feb 17
@DeborahDiane Yes, that's wonderful indeed, Ms. Dianne :)
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@PatZAnthony (12871)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Feb 17
Some of your readers might be using this by the end of the day!
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• Laguna Woods, California
8 Feb 17
@PatZAnthony - I hope so! I really love Countable.
@PainsOnSlate (20420)
• Canada
6 Feb 17
I am going to check it out to see if I can do that from here in Canada, I can use the zip code where I vote and it might work.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Feb 17
@PainsOnSlate - I hope it works for you. If you can vote in the U.S., Countable should work. Let me know!
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@garymarsh6 (14408)
• United Kingdom
28 Jan 17
What a brilliant app which hopefully will grow and get more people involved with what YOU want in the country. Surely this can only be a good thing. I think it is a nice simple application to use. Well done you for getting involved and sharing with your fellow Americans. I hope they too do the same especially as President Trump wants your opinions! It is good to get in touch with your representatives and law makers!
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 Jan 17
@garymarsh6 - I have only had the app on my phone for 24 hours and have already sent in my opinion on 26 bills. Countable will send me emails as new bills come under consideration. If I am not in the mainstream in my District or State, it might not make a difference. However, if the majority of their constituents want their Senators and Representatives to vote a certain way, I'm sure this app will help them realize that.
@crossbones27 (20779)
• Redlands, California
28 Jan 17
Interesting and neat idea. I hope it actually does something.
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• Laguna Woods, California
28 Jan 17
@crossbones27 - At the very least, Countable will help our elected officials know how we feel about the bills they are about to vote on.
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