7 Free Election Day Apps for Political Junkies

iOS and Android users alike can get their horse-race fix with these mobile apps.

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The home stretch

As the 2012 election thunders into the final stretch, the pressure on candidates, campaigns and voters alike grows steadily. Fortunately, smartphone users have plenty of options for on-the-go news and updates about Tuesday’s contest.

The New York Times (iOS/Android)
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The New York Times (iOS/Android)

While the Gray Lady is quickly moving to paywall more and more of its content, the free Top News section, this close to the election, can be chock-full of political goodness.

Roll Call Politics (iOS/Android)
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Roll Call Politics (iOS/Android)

The online edition of Capitol Hill’s newspaper of record is already wildly popular, and the RCP app for both iOS and Android provides a handy window into the political process.

TPM PollTracker (iOS only)
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TPM PollTracker (iOS only)

With real-time tracking and averaging of polling data for the presidency, senate and congressional races, TalkingPointsMemo’s PollTracker app is a must-have for the truly obsessed number-cruncher.

Politico (iOS/Android)
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Politico (iOS/Android)

The popular political news site, unsurprisingly, has its own suite of mobile apps, with extensive notification features and quickly updated content.

NBC Politics (iOS only, sort of)
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NBC Politics (iOS only, sort of)

While there is a general NBC News app for Android, the dedicated NBC Politics app for iOS is far more feature-rich – plus, the iPad version has an electoral map you can play around with to test out different scenarios.

Washington Post Politics (iOS only, sort of)
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Washington Post Politics (iOS only, sort of)

It’s the same story as the NBC Politics app – the Google Play Store has a Washington Post app, but the tablet-specialized iOS Washington Post Politics app has a host of new and different features, like fact checking, issue comparisons and even ad tracking.

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