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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.

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

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Joe Biden Launches TV Ads in Texas

In a clear sign that he views the Lone Star State as competitive, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe...

Why Dan Patrick Won’t be at Trump’s Acceptance Speech Tonight

Trump Texas Victory Chair Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will not be in attendance when President Donald Trump gives his GOP nomination acceptance...
Straight Ticket

Federal Judge Reinstates Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas

In a ruling surely to be quickly appealed, a federal district judge has reinstated straight-ticket voting in Texas for the November election....

Appellate Court Strikes Down Texas Anti-Abortion Law

On a two-to-one vote, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals consisting of two Democrats and one Republican...

Abbott Downplays Potential Use of National Guard Troops on Election Day

For the first time since the story broke, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday answered questions about the deployment of Texas National Guard...

Texas Republicans Divided in Accepting of Biden Win

While other Texas Republicans are complaining of voter fraud and other election irregularities, one Texan who has been in similar circumstances is...

Don’t Count on the Courts to Stop New Texas Voting Restrictions

After Georgia passed a slew of new voting rights restrictions, which President Joe Biden referred to as “new Jim Crow laws,” all...

U.S. Supreme Court Makes Controversial Decision Regarding Voting Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld two Arizona laws, in essence rejecting claims that the laws discriminate against minority voters.

Abbott, incumbents win statewide races

Republican incumbents won all the statewide races in Texas on Election Day, as they have done for two decades, though most of the races were much closer than anticipated.

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