Elections

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.

Biden Campaign Visits Texas Tuesday

The wife of former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to El Paso, Dallas and Houston on Tuesday for get-out-the-vote rallies, marking...

Mail Ballot Problems Cropping Up Around Texas

As many as 20,000 mail-in ballots are being rejected by ballot scanners in Tarrant County due to illegible bar codes, the Fort...

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...

It’s Open Season For the Race to Replace Rep. Ron Wright

The filing deadline is now closed for candidates to run in the election to replace the late Ron Wright’s congressional seat. Texas...

Gov. Abbott Gets Shut Down in Conservative Poll, Even Bernie Sanders Got More Support

After making headlines across the country last month for signing an unlicensed gun carry bill, eliminating the Texas Legislature's budget in a...

John Turner defeats Lisa Luby Ryan

John Turner defeats Lisa Luby Ryan for a seat in the Texas House.

Abbott Calls Special Election to Replace Pickett

On Friday, December 21st, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District soon to be vacated by Representative Joe Pickett, who is retiring from the Legislature.

Analysis: What’s a botched voter purge between friends?

So a governor of Texas appoints a new secretary of state who immediately gets into trouble with an amateurish attempt to purge...

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...

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.

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