candiDate Swipes Political Issues To Find Your Soulmate


A new niche app uses your political beliefs as the basis to match you up with likeminded singles.

Created by digital agency HelpsGood – who work with non-profits and those creating social good – the app was a finalist in a hackathon for non-profits, Causathon.

CandiDate brings up cards for various social issues, which the user gives a thumbs up or thumbs down.

The questions are sourced from non-partisan resource for information on issues and politicians, VoteSmart, and includes questions on abortion, gun control, health care, the environment, gay marriage and foreign affairs.

Users then compare their voting records with those from the House of Representatives and Senate who have similar ideals, and choose to accept or dismiss them.

All this information is fed into the matching algorithm, and the dating app pulls up nearby singles in your area who have similar beliefs and values.


The CEO of the LA-based agency HelpsGood, Michael Bellavia said: “We’re excited to launch this dating app that connects people in a profoundly meaningful way.

“If you’re looking for a hookup, use Tinder. If you’re looking for a deeper connection with someone who shares your values on core issue positions, use candiDate.”

Before you get matched with someone you also have the chance to register to vote.

The app is the first product to be released from the Causathon hackathon, where Rock the Vote challenged teams to find disruptive ways to inspire more young people to register to vote.

Over 50% of 18 to 29-year-olds eligible to vote are not registered.

Visit the app here.