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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.

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...

In Runoff for Houston Mayor, Incumbent Sylvester Turner Beats Tony Buzbee

In the runoff election for Houston’s mayor decided on Saturday, December 14, incumbent Sylvester Turner secured his bid for reelection by a wide margin.

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...

Ana-Maria Ramos defeats incumbent Linda Koop

Ana-Maria Ramos defeated incumbent Linda Koop for a seat in the Texas House.

QAnon Gaining a Foothold in Texas

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How to Request a Mail Ballot for the July Runoff

If you want to request a mail-in ballot for the July 14 primary runoff election, you have a little more than a...

Republicans Announce Plan to Flip Six Democrat Texas House Districts

The Republican State Leadership Committee has unveiled what its members see as their path to victory for Texas Republicans this year. The...

Results Are In: Gates Defeats Markowitz in Texas House District 28 Runoff Special Election

Fort Bend’s closely watched House District 28 runoff special election came to a close Tuesday night with Republican Gary Gates on top. 

Texas Speaker Bonnen won't seek reelection

Speaker Dennis Bonnen in the House Chamber on March 27, 2019, the day the House will take up HB1, the...

What Texas Supreme Court’s Ruling Really Means for Voting by Mail

While the Texas Democratic Party awaits relief from the U.S. Supreme Court, an earlier ruling from the Texas Supreme Court halting the...

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