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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.

Texas Senate District 19 Special Election Update

Here are the candidates running in the July 19 special election in Texas.

Senate District 19 Special Election Voter Guide

Reform Austin has released its first nonpartisan voter guide, focusing on the eight candidates running in the July 31, 2018 special election Texas State...

Better Call Paul

Update: As of August 24, 2018, State Representative Dennis Paul (R - Harris County) has updated his page to include issues. Paul's issue page...

The Senate District 19 election set for Sept. 18

Republican Pete Flores and Democrat Pete Gallego will face off on Sept.18 for the state Senate District 19 seat, according to lawyers for Gallego...

Sam Harless: All in the family

Sam Harless is a first-time candidate for Texas House District 126, in northwest Harris County. But this campaign isn’t Sam’s first political rodeo. Before...

Jonathan Boos invests in himself, neglects Texas consumers

Voters cannot trust Jonathan Boos to break the status quo when he’s invested in online lending operations and when he’s being funded by anti-consumer special interests.

TX Poll: Cruz Holds Close Lead in Senate Race

Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz holds a four point lead over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in the contest for the U.S. Senate race in November, according to a poll conducted by Reform Austin.

Dennis Paul endangers Texas women with his votes

Denis Paul can’t claim to work tirelessly on behalf of everyone if he ignores the needs and priorities of half of Texas.  

Voter registration in Texas soars ahead of October registration deadline

Nearly 15.7 million Texans are already registered to vote, according to the Secretary of State's office.

Will Texas Latinos come out for the midterms?

If Democrats want a blue wave in Texas, they'll need to energize Latinos to vote.

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