A Call to Act
Many of us have been there: we pick up the paper or turn on the radio or TV and learn that our representative or senator has voted on a bill that will directly affect an issue that’s important to us. The issue could be taxes, or education, or the environment, or jobs. Not only did our elected official not vote how we wanted them to, we didn’t even know that the issue was being considered. Our reaction is justified, if far from ideal: while perhaps momentarily angry or upset, these emotions quickly devolve into apathy. If we can’t seem to be an important part of the law-making process, why should we care about laws at all? If we’re powerless, why try to remain invested?
Here are the facts:
- Our current Congress—the country’s 113th—is on pace to be the least productive Congress in history, beating out the previous leader—the 112th Congress.
- 14% of Americans approve of what Congress is doing
- Less than half of Americans approve of the job that their elected representative is doing. Nonetheless, we keep re-electing them, with 90% of incumbents being re-elected in 2012.
- In 2010, only 38% of eligible voters turned out for midterm elections.
- Voter turnout for presidential elections has not reached above 60% since 1968.
- Voter turnout for midterm elections has not reached 50% in over 100 years.
That’s why we created
Public access to knowledge is a cornerstone of democracy, and too often congressional legislation—the bills that Congress votes on and that on occasion get signed into law by our president—are exceedingly difficult to comprehend. This translates to a loss of knowledge and civic engagement on the part of the average citizen. And there’s good reason to want to not read a congressional bill: they’re often quite long, and both their structure and language make them difficult to understand. It’s good justification for remaining disengaged, but if we allow ourselves to not pay attention, we run the risk of having our Constitutionally-protected freedoms taken away from us.
In an era where divisiveness, frustration and gridlock are the status quo, Countable is here to make your voice count by “countable-izing” legislation. Our process affords you the ability to clearly, easily and quickly understand any piece of legislation being considered by Congress, in addition to legislation on he horizon.
Next, we provide you with a platform to tell your representatives what you want them to do. Not only can you see how they voted, you can communicate with them as well, affording you a voice that your elected officials will hear.