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Texas Secretary of State Releases Voter Education Smartphone App

SmartTXVoter app part of �Make Your Mark on Texas� initiative, offers easy-to-use functions and fun features to encourage Texans to learn about voting

October 3, 2012
Contact: Rich Parsons or Alicia Pierce
512/ 463-5770

AUSTIN, Texas – The Office of Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade launches its first smartphone application, SmartTXVoter, to help Texans stay informed about statewide voting information like registration deadlines, early voting dates and candidates or amendments on the upcoming ballot. It also provides users the ability to remind themselves and others to vote.

“SmartTXVoter takes a big technical step forward in providing voting resources in the Lone Star State,” said Secretary Andrade. “We are making it easy for all Texans to determine if they’re registered to vote, locate polling places and have fun while learning about the voting process.”

Voters can use the app to schedule reminders for specific days and times to vote; learn how to register to vote; research online voting resources; and verify polling locations and hours. Weekly polls let Texans use the app to “vote” on questions such as “What Texas town has the best barbecue?”

SmartTXVoter can be viewed in English or Spanish, and it is formatted to be accessible for Texans with visual impairments. The app is part of the “Make Your Mark on Texas” voter education program, which educates Texans about voting information under the Help America Vote Act.

"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," said Secretary Andrade. “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.”

SmartTXVoter is free to download in the iTunes App Store and Google Play stores. To find out more about voting in the state of Texas, visit www.VoteTexas.gov.