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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.

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....

Reform Austin Analysis: What the Primary Election Results Mean for Texas

After nearly 2 million Texans voted on Super Tuesday and 2.1 million Texans early voted and sent ballots by mail, the unofficial...

Brad Buckley Running Unopposed in Primary

It looks like State Rep. Brad Buckley (R-Killeen) won’t have to worry about getting primaried. On Sept. 30, Nathan...

Two Texas Voters With COVID-19 Seek Court Order Allowing Them to Cast Mail-In Ballots

Seeking to vote in Tuesday’s primary runoff election, two Austin residents who recently tested positive for the new coronavirus asked a state...

Texas Leads the Nation in Voter Turnout Right Now

Six months ago, the pundits probably wouldn’t have predicted that all eyes would be on Texas, but that is exactly what is...

Texas Supreme Courts Refuses to Halt Drive-Thru Voting

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that Harris County can continue offering drive-thru voting. The Thursday afternoon ruling denied the last-minute challenge...

Texas GOP Moving Full Steam Ahead for In-Person State Convention

Houston and Harris County are currently experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, but that isn’t deterring the Republican...

The 2020 Texas Primary Filings Are In: Here’s What to Expect in the Railroad...

With the filing deadline for the March 3, 2020 primary over, Texans now know who is running for the sole open seat on the Railroad Commission.
America's businesses

America’s Top Businesses Release Statement Supporting Voting Rights

Following a zoom call this weekend where CEOs and senior executives at companies across the country discussed a coordinated effort against legislation...

The Texas suburbs are slipping away from the GOP. These women for Trump want...

Panelist Jacquie Baly responds to a question during a Trump Victory Leadership Initiative Training hosted by Women for Trump at Gulf...

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