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New app helps Iowa voters

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Are you wondering where your new polling place will be or if the county elections office has received your absentee ballot? There is now an app for that.

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office has released a new app that holds a variety of information to help you be better prepared for the election.

Secretary of State Matt Shultz says with more people using smart phones and tablets, this app was the next obvious step.

"To be able to find their polling place, make sure their registered to vote and track their absentee ballots. That way all that information is at their finger tips and it makes it easier for them on Election Day. They can literally find their polling place and get a map right on their phone to find where they need to go," said Schultz.

To find out how well this app works we came here to the University of Northern Iowa where many students are in a state of limbo in where to vote. Some students put their home address as the place they lived with their parents, whiles others have changed their address to Cedar Falls.

Jayna Shetterly, a senior at UNI, is originally from Marion, but changed her address to Cedar Falls recently. She says she has no idea where her current polling place is located.

After using the app she was able to find the place where she will vote on Election Day.

"It's here on campus. Awesome," said Shetterly.

Shetterly also says it makes sense to have an app like this especially for college students.

"We all do have the smart phones and we're all constantly on our phones so the fact that we can find it that easily, it's very nice," said Shetterly.

Secretary of State Matt Shutlz says Iowa isn't the first state to have an app like this, but this one might be the most comprehensive. It's now available on iPad, iPhone, and Android.

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