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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 All But Missing from GOP National Convention Lineup

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) is the only Texan listed as a speaker for this week’s GOP National Convention. Rice University Political...

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The national Democratic super PAC Forward Majority is doubling its spending to flip the Texas House, bringing its commitment to over $12...

After Six Months, a Houston City Council Race Still in Limbo

After a strange turn of events, a Houston City Council seat is still awaiting a runoff election.  City Councilmember...
Last Day to Register

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote in the November Election

If you want to vote in the Nov. 3 election and are not already registered, today is the last day to get...

NBA Arenas Will Be Polling Places as Part of Deal With Players’ Union

The NBA and its players’ union announced Friday that league franchise-controlled arenas will be used as polling places in the November election. 

Eight File to Run for Texas House District 145 Seat to Replace Carol Alvarado

(From left to right, top to bottom: Elias De La Garza, Oscar Del Toro, Christina Morales, Melissa Noriega, Alfred Moreno, Ruben Gonsalez, Martha Fierro,...

New State GOP Chair Challenges His Democratic Counterpart to Debates

The chairs of political parties don’t tend to be the people voters want to hear from, but that isn’t stopping the new...

The 2022 Political Season is Already Underway in Texas

With ballots still being counted in key swing states in the tight presidential race, some Texans are already setting their sights on...

Lawsuit alleges Texas’ vote by mail rules are unconstitutional

A new federal lawsuit alleges that the way Texas handles absentee ballots is unconstitutional.  The Texas Civil Rights Project...

Texas GOP Convention Delegates Concerned About Failed Process

Beset by technical difficulties, the Republican Party of Texas is canceling all of today’s sessions for the party’s virtual state convention. As...

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