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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.

Vote in Mail Confusion

No Wonder Voters are Anxious About Voting Options

As tumultuous battles over expanding mail-in voting in Texas play out in courtrooms and political brawls, it’s no wonder voters are bewildered...
Paxton

Just Like That, Harris County’s Mail Ballot Plan is Halted Again

The Texas Supreme Court has stepped in to stop Harris County from sending mail ballot applications to all 2.4 million registered voters...
Early voting begins

Early Voting Begins in Special SD 30 Election

Monday marks the start of early voting in the special election to choose a new state senator for District 30 in north...
Dems Lose Ballot

Another Court Decides no Need to Expand Voting by Mail During Pandemic

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not unconstitutional for Texas to limit voting by mail to those...
Harris County Voters

Clerk Gets OK to Send Mail Ballot Applications to All Harris County Voters

There is yet another ruling today in the ever-evolving and confusing back-and-forth legal battles over voting by mail. This time, Harris County...

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Suggests Trump Could’ve Struck a Better Balance in Discussing Early...

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn suggested Thursday that President Donald Trump could have better balanced his initial response to the coronavirus pandemic between trying to...

Secretary of State Launches Statewide Voting Awareness Campaign

Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs has announced the start of a statewide tour to educate Texas voters about what they...

Opinion: Stakes High for November; Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Voting is a conventional right granted and reserved to all United States citizens. Through participation in local, state and federal elections, Americans...

Once a Republican, but Not Always: What Leads Some to Switch Parties

Several months ago, veteran political consultant L. Pierre DuBois was working with the campaign of Jim Wright, an unknown Republican candidate for...

Less Than One Month Left to Register to Vote in November

Texans have less than 30 days left to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. Completed voter registration forms must be...

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