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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.

Texas Judge Bars League of Women Voters from Registering New Citizens to Vote

U.S. District Judge Charles Eskridge prevented the nonpartisan voting rights group the League of Women Voters from attending a naturalization ceremony on...

Harris County DA Ogg Involving Texas Rangers in Election Investigation

Harris County’s election officials, already under investigation from the GOP state government over Election Day operational issues, are now being served warrants...

State GOP Leaders At Odds With Harris County Officials Over Election Issues Announce Investigations

Gov. Greg Abbott called for an investigation into Harris County's election practices last Tuesday, saying that he wanted to get answers as...

Why Were Over 10,000 Texas Midterm Absentee Ballots Rejected?

State voting law changes resulted in more than 10,000 mail-in ballots being rejected in the state’s largest counties in last Tuesday’s midterm...

How This Texas Election Official Keeps The Peace With Right-Wing Voting Activists

This article was originally published by Votebeat, a nonprofit news organization covering local election administration and voting access.Aubree Campbell, 33, a poll watcher...

Was Low Youth Turnout A Reason Democrats Lost Statewide?

After another general election where Democrats failed to win statewide in Texas, many are reflecting on the different causes to explain the...

Texas GOP: “2 Americas Are at War”

Despite sweeping victories across the state on Tuesday, the Texas GOP seems to be ramping up violent rhetoric pitting Democrats and Republicans...

Democrats Had Strong Showing in County Judge Contests Despite GOP Warchests

In a highly competitive midterm that saw record amounts of money spent nationally and in Texas, Republicans won the statewide races again,...

Did Beto Underperform His 2018 Senate Race?

On Tuesday, Beto O’Rourke lost for the third time in 4 years. And while Gov. Greg Abbott beat his Democratic challenger with...

Texas GOP Has Legislative Majority, But Hopes for Key Gains Dashed Despite Huge Effort...

State Republicans narrowly expanded their legislative majorities in the Texas House and Senate this midterm election, but fell short in taking many...

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