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A well-informed electorate is critical to the health of sustaining democracy. Reform Austin is committed to providing in-depth reporting to ensure Texans are prepared when they go to the polls. Additionally, Reform Austin reports on the critical issues and challenges facing voters in Texas elections. 
It has become increasingly difficult for Texans to exercise the right to vote as a record number of polling places have closed. The state tops the nation in shutting down polling sites – closing 750 locations since 2013. Civil rights advocates warn this will disenfranchise voters. 
In the 86th Legislative Session, Texas lawmakers passed legislation prohibiting local governments from setting up temporary polling locations. In the past, mobile and temporary voting centers helped provide better voting access to rural and under-served communities in Texas, including college students and the elderly. Two new Democratic groups and a former Austin city manager have filed suit against the Texas Secretary of State’s office, arguing the bill suppresses the vote of many disenfranchised groups.
Reform Austin covers all aspects of voting – how you vote, who you’re voting for, when you’re voting, where to vote, and the results of the elections. We report on new candidates that announce, people running for reelection, and legislators that announce their resignation. Additionally, we provide comprehensive voter guides for you to compare candidates on the issues, as well as constitutional amendment explainers. Check Reform Austin for everything about voting, including what is done in the Texas Legislature to either promote or suppress the vote.

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There has been a lot of discussion over the last couple of months about voting by mail, but there is another option...

Calls to Cancel Texas GOP’s In-Person Convention Grow

Add the Greater Houston Partnership to those calling for the Republican Party of Texas to cancel its in-person convention. 

Houston Mayor Calls on GOP to Cancel State Convention

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is once again calling on the Republican Party of Texas to cancel its state convention in his city.

Four More Days to Vote Early in July 14 Primary Runoff Election

After being closed for the Independence Day holiday, early voting locations are open again across Texas through Friday.  Reports,...

Texas GOP Affirms Plans for In-Person State Convention

The Republican Party of Texas will go ahead with an in-person state convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston...

Beto O’Rourke Fires Up his Grassroots Efforts in Texas

Although recent polling shows a clearly competitive political season ahead, Beto O’Rourke believes he can turn Texas blue in November. 

Texas GOP Panel to Vote on Whether Convention Will be Virtual or In-Person

The executive committee of the Texas Republican Party is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to vote on whether the party’s...

Texas GOP Moving Full Steam Ahead for In-Person State Convention

Houston and Harris County are currently experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, but that isn’t deterring the Republican...

Early Voting Starts Today or Hurry to Vote By Mail

If you are planning to vote-by-mail in the July 14 primary runoff election, you have just three days to get your application...

SCOTUS Refuses to Lift Order Preventing Expanded Voting by Mail in Texas for July

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to set aside a lower court ruling prohibiting all Texans from taking advantage of the...

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