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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.

Democrats’ High Primary Turnout in Texas Suburbs Might Be a Sign of What to...

The dramatically high Democratic turnout in Texas suburbs earlier this month could indicate major changes heading into the remaining races of the...

Special Election Delayed, Now Set for Summer 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott postponed Texas’ special election until July 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s proclamation postpones a...

Recent Texas Election Shows That Every Vote Does Count

Elections are fragile. However, despite their fragility, the individual vote remains powerful. In Travis County, Justin Berry, a Republican...

Democrats Take Legal Action Over Elimination of Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas

Straight-ticket party-line voting almost certainly enabled Democrats’ 12-House seat victory in Texas in the 2018 midterm election. Overwhelming Democratic...

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt resigns to run for Texas Senate

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is resigning her seat to run for state Senate. Thomas Meredith for The Texas Tribune

Why Some Texans Had to Wait Hours to Vote and What We Can Do...

By noon on election day, voters at Texas Southern University’s polling location were already seeing wait times over an hour long, thanks...

Who Exactly Is Natasha Ruiz?

State representative Harold Dutton, a Houston Democrat representing House District 142, and one of the longest-serving members of the Texas House, ran...

Dallas County Asks for Super Tuesday Recount After Discovering It Missed Some Ballots

Dallas voters in line to vote on March 3, 2020. Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune. Dallas County...

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez becomes first to enter race for Senate District 14

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez takes part in a Mexican American Legislative Caucus and House Elections Committee press conference on Jan....

Reform Austin Analysis: What the Primary Election Results Mean for Texas

After nearly 2 million Texans voted on Super Tuesday and 2.1 million Texans early voted and sent ballots by mail, the unofficial...

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