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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.

Candy Noble Defeats Ray Ash

Candy Noble defeated Ray Ash for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Early Voting for House District 145 Special Election Runoff Starts Monday

Early Voting for the Texas House District-145 special election runoff begins Monday, Feb. 25, and continues through March 1.

Annie’s List endorses in HD 28 and HD 100

Eliz Markowitz and Lorraine Birabil each received an endorsement from the pro-choice group Annie’s List. Markowitz is a candidate for Texas House...
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Democrats file Second early voting lawsuit

Two new Democratic groups and a former Austin city manager have filed suit against the Texas Secretary of State’s office over a...

Results Are In: Birabil Defeats Armstrong III in Texas House District 100 Runoff Special...

Dallas County House District 100 runoff special election came to a close Tuesday night with Democrat Lorraine Birabil on top. 

Special Election Delayed, Now Set for Summer 2020

Updated April 29, 2020: State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, (D-Austin) has filed to be on the ballot for the special...

Republicans Announce Plan to Flip Six Democrat Texas House Districts

The Republican State Leadership Committee has unveiled what its members see as their path to victory for Texas Republicans this year. The...

What is Curbside Voting? Can I Use it During the Pandemic?

There has been a lot of discussion over the last couple of months about voting by mail, but there is another option...

Leaders: What Texans Yearn for as Democratic National Convention Starts

In case you’ve been otherwise preoccupied, tonight is the first night of the Democratic National Convention.  “The what?!” 

Texas Democrats Snag Hillary Clinton for Annual Johnson-Jordan Dinner

In another sign that they view Texas as a battleground state this year, the Texas Democratic Party has announced that 2016 Democratic...

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