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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.

Rep. Justin Rodriguez Appointed Bexar County Commissioner, Special Election Set for Feb. 12

State Representative Justin Rodriguez (D - San Antonio) was selected by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff last Friday, January 4th to replace County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, who died two weeks ago. Rodriguez was sworn into office immediately thereafter, and is leaving his seat in the Texas House.

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Texas Proposition 2: $200 mil in bonds for water

If passed, Proposition 2 would allow the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in general obligation bonds to...

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Among the barriers to serving in the Texas legislature, money—enough to run a campaign, access to the people who can give it, and a job that can support you once you

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COVID-19 is Changing Political Campaigning in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only stymied marriage plans, canceled Astros and Rangers games and placed the economy on a shelf but...

What Texas Supreme Court’s Ruling Really Means for Voting by Mail

While the Texas Democratic Party awaits relief from the U.S. Supreme Court, an earlier ruling from the Texas Supreme Court halting the...

Texas GOP Convention Ends With Election of New Chair, More Technical Issues

After suffering technical difficulties and even some sort of cyberattack, the virtual Texas GOP convention wrapped up Sunday evening after delegates voted...

Texas Democrats Aim to Register 1 Million Texas Voters This Week

With polls showing the race between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden neck-and-neck in Texas, the Texas Democratic Party launched Monday what...
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