• Texas releases smartphone app to educate voters

    Have questions about the upcoming election? There's an app for that.

    The Office of Texas Secretary of State has released the first ever voter app for smart phones. Voters can view who's on the ballot, find polling locations, check if they're registered, and set reminders to vote on the SmartTXVoter app. The app is free and is available in both English and Spanish.

    In a press release, Texas Secretary of State, Hope Andrade, said the app was created to make election information more accessible in an innovative, interactive, and fun way.

    "Smartphone use among Texans of virtually all demographics is growing so this is a way we can put the power of voting in their hands where they need it, when they need it," Andrade said. “SmartTXVoter is essential for engaging Texas voters on an interactive level, and we continue to find ways to use technology to educate our citizens about voting.”

    In addition to basic voting information, app users can participate in weekly polls that ask questions such as "What Texas town has the best barbecue?" to practice voting.

    The app is part of the “Make Your Mark on Texas” voter education effort created in April.

    Early voting beings Monday, Oct. 22. On campus, students can vote early at the Flawn Academic Center.