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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.

Why Did Texas Stay Red? And What Lies Ahead?

All eyes were on Texas heading into Tuesday’s election. Turnout was high. Polling indicated a change was possible. It was the first...

James Talarico defeats Cynthia Flores in open seat race

James Talarico defeated Cynthia Flores in open seat race for House District 53 in Williamson County.

Abbott Sets Runoff for Texas House District 145 for Mar. 5

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has picked Mar. 5 as the date of the special election runoff to replace former State Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston),...

Running for Congress While Responding to a Pandemic, These Three Texans Say They’re Uniquely...

Pritesh Gandhi had spent months courting abortion-rights and gun safety groups, hoping to win their endorsements in his congressional primary runoff.

Ken Paxton Admits His Undergoing Indictment Is Hurting His Re-election Race

As new challengers join the crowded race for the Attorney General’s seat and Republicans navigate the incumbent’s fraud scandals knowing the accusations...

Voting Technology in Texas is Unsecure and Outdated

With the primaries imminent and the general election looming in November, it’s time to take stock of the mechanics of Texas voting. Literally, the mechanics. How do we vote, who runs the machines, are they secure, and is it time for a change?

Less Than One Month Left to Register to Vote in November

Texans have less than 30 days left to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. Completed voter registration forms must be...
Poncho Nevarez legacy

Poncho Nevárez Legacy: The Good, The Bad, The WTF

Poncho Nevárez's legacy will go down as one filled with good, bad and WTF moments. Former representative Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass)...

Brad Buckley defeats Kathy Richerson

Brad Buckley defeated Kathy Richerson for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

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

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