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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.

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Fort Bend County's HD-28 Runoff Explained: What is a runoff? When is the election? Who are the candidates? Find out more at Reform Austin.

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The 2020 primaries are underway, and early voting begins in Texas on Tuesday and lasts through February 28. Starting...

Texas Dems Win First Round in Case to Expand Voting by Mail

Texas State District Court Judge Tim Sulak on Wednesday said he would grant a temporary injunction allowing for the expansion of voting...

U.S. Supreme Court Only Option Left for Mail Ballot Proponents

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday extended an earlier order halting expansion of voting by mail in Texas to...

Jon Rosenthal defeats longtime legislator Gary Elkins

Jon Rosenthal defeated incumbent Gary Elkins for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.


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