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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.

Steve Toth defeats Lorena Perez McGill

Steve Toth defeated Lorena Perez McGill and secured a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Early Voting for House District 79 Special Election Underway

In the three-candidate District 79 race to succeed Joe Pickett, who stepped down earlier this month due to health issues, less than 1,200 people voted on...

Gov. Abbott Anounces Special Election for Fort Bend State House Seat

Following Rep. John Zerwas’ recent resignation announcement, Gov. Greg Abbott officially issued a proclamation today to announce Tuesday, November 5, 2019,...
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Fort Bend County Election Day voting locations

Election day voting in Fort Bend County has slightly different polling places than early voting locations. Today is the last day to...

By the Numbers: How Texas Grew in the Last Decade (and Where It Could...

Texas has changed a lot in the last 10 years—in some ways, more than any other state in the country. With the arrival of a new decade, Texas leaders are facing shifting

Who Exactly Is Natasha Ruiz?

State representative Harold Dutton, a Houston Democrat representing House District 142, and one of the longest-serving members of the Texas House, ran...

What’s at Stake for Texas GOP, Dems in Battle Over Mail Ballots

With the July 14 primary runoff elections just around the corner and the November general election now less than six months away,...

Houston Chronicle Uncovers More Controversial Empower Texans Audio

In an opinion piece published in Wednesday’s Houston Chronicle, columnist Erica Grieder reveals the existence of another secret recording involving Empower Texans....

Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democrats Launch Ambitious Black Voter Outreach Effort

The Texas Democratic Party, Beto O’Rourke’s Powered By People, and the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats are beginning a massive effort to...

It’s Labor Day! Let the Campaigning Begin!

Besides celebrating workers and enjoying cookouts with friends and family, Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff of the general election campaign season...

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