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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.

Leo Pacheco defeats John Lujan

Leo Pacheco defeated John Lujan for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Early Voting Has Ended In The Texas House District 145 Special Runoff Election

(From left to right: Christina Morales, Melissa Noriega) Early voting has concluded in the special election runoff for Texas House District 145. As of Friday...

Mike Lang flip-flops on reelection bid

Rep. Mike Lang. Image courtesy of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas State Rep. Mike Lang is...
Texas GOP

Texas GOP Election Strategy goes to Dems

The Texas Republican Party committed the political equivalent of an own goal when it sent its 2020 election strategy to the Democrats....

How Many Texans Are Registered to Vote?

There are an estimated 16.1 million Texans who are registered to vote in March’s upcoming primaries, according to the office of the...

Mail-in Ballots? Later Voting Date? Parties Clash Over Texas Primary Runoffs.

Amid rising concerns over the spread of COVID-19 across the Lone Star State, the state’s two political parties are clashing over how...

How to Request a Mail Ballot for the July Runoff

If you want to request a mail-in ballot for the July 14 primary runoff election, you have a little more than a...

Record Number of Texans Register to Vote, Cast Early Ballots

A record 16.4 million Texans are registered to vote in tomorrow’s primary runoff election, about 2.4 million more than four years ago....

What Impact Will the Latino Vote Have in Texas This Year?

It’s that time now in the election cycle when the campaigns are approaching the homestretch and the candidates have begun preparing for...
Greg Abbott

Republicans Sue Abbott to Stop Extended Early Voting in Texas

Political circles were buzzing Wednesday with word of the latest episode of Republicans turning against their state leader, Gov. Greg Abbott. The...

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