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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.

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....

Beverly Powell defeats Konni Burton for a seat in the Texas Senate

Beverly Powell defeated incumbent Konni Burton and won a seat in the Texas Senate.

Early Vote Turnout in First Week of Special Elections Is Sparse

The first week of early voting in two special elections for the Texas House of Representatives has concluded. And while the two seats — District 79 in El Paso County and District 145 in Harris County — are at opposite ends of the state, they shared something in common, few voters. Less than 1,200 people voted in either election on the first week to cast ballots in person.

Rick Miller Poised To Leave TXLege for Commissioner Post, What's at Stake for his...

On the heels of the retirement news from fellow Fort Bend County State Rep. and Chair of the Appropriations Committee John Zerwas...

Early Voting: 10 Things Poll Workers Want You To Know

Early voting lasts until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. This gives Texans a little more than 48 hours to participate in...

What If Voting Locations Were As Popular As Texas Attractions?

In a state defined by pride of place, Texas-shaped pretzels and chips, Texas-sized donuts and Texas-shaped waffles are not uncommon. Yes, Texans...

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