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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.

Alvarado Sworn In As Senator, Special Election for Her House Seat Looms

On Friday, December 21st in Austin, Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) was sworn in as the new Texas Senator for District 6, and also resigned her seat as the Texas House Member from District 145. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District seat recently vacated by former Representative Carol Alvarado.

Rep. Justin Rodriguez Appointed Bexar County Commissioner, Special Election Set for Feb. 12

State Representative Justin Rodriguez (D - San Antonio) was selected by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff last Friday, January 4th to replace County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, who died two weeks ago. Rodriguez was sworn into office immediately thereafter, and is leaving his seat in the Texas House.

Some Presidential Hopefuls Are Visiting Texas Before Super Tuesday

Get your boots on, Texas, it’s almost Super Tuesday! The 2020 primary elections in Texas are on March 3. The following presidential...

‘Like a Girl’: Texas Candidates Make At-Home Campaign Video

Have you seen the “Like a Girl” video featuring women running for Texas House?  Last week, Elizabeth Beck, who...

Texas GOP Panel to Vote on Whether Convention Will be Virtual or In-Person

The executive committee of the Texas Republican Party is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to vote on whether the party’s...

Texas early voting numbers lower than expected

Texas early voting numbers were lower in the state’s three special elections than anticipated. In Harris County alone, about 164,000 people cast...
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Thanksgiving Politics: How to Avoid Arguing

Thanksgiving politics. Is there a way to enjoy a day full of food, football, and fellowship without ferocious political arguments that threaten...

Why Some Texans Had to Wait Hours to Vote and What We Can Do...

By noon on election day, voters at Texas Southern University’s polling location were already seeing wait times over an hour long, thanks...

Steve Toth defeats Lorena Perez McGill

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

Dems Target 4 Texas Supreme Court Justices Over Voting By Mail

The Texas Democratic Party is declaring war on four Texas Supreme Court justices who are up for re-election in November. On Friday,...

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