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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.

Gubernatorial Debate Shows Stark Contrast Between Candidates

Gubernatorial challenger Beto O’Rourke squared off with Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday night in a debate from Edinburg, Texas. The duo debated...

Abbott Softens Stance on Casino Gambling

Since 2015, Governor Greg Abbott has been staunchly against any expansion of gambling in the state of Texas. Just weeks before facing...

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...

Rhetta Andrews Bowers takes the seat

Rhetta Andrews Bowers defeated Jonathan Boos for a seat in the Texas House.

Early Vote for the State Senate Special Election Starts November 26th

Voting locations for the State Senate special election, which start on November 26th.

Democrat Ray Lopez wins Texas House seat formerly held by Rodriguez

Results for San Antonio House District 125 runoff election came to a close Tuesday night. Former San Antonio City Council member and Democrat Ray...

Michele Leal fundraising leader in HD 148 race

Democrat Michele Leal is the lead fundraiser in the race for HD-148. The race to replace retiring state Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston)...

State. Mike Lang opts against reelection for second time

State Rep. Mike Lang, R-Granbury, listens in during the House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety hearing on Sept. 17, 2019. Eddie...

Texas Democrats’ and Republicans’ 21 Propositions on Primary Ballots

Texas has open primaries. This means any eligible registered voter can vote in either one of the two primaries, Democrat or Republican....

State’s Plan to Appeal Mail Ballot Ruling Creates Uncertainty for Election Officials

On the heels of a court decision expanding voting by mail in Texas, county election supervisors are bracing for what needs to...

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