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.

The Upcoming Bills That May Decrease Voter Suppression in Texas

The 87th Texas Legislature has a lot on its plate, to put it mildly. In addition to the redrawing of districts, the ongoing...

Houston Mayor Calls on GOP to Cancel State Convention

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is once again calling on the Republican Party of Texas to cancel its state convention in his city.

Jessica Cisneros Begins Her Second Primary Challenge for South Texas House Seat

Henry Cuellar, longtime Texas Representative for the 28th Congressional District already has his main competitor for the next election: Jessica Cisneros. In...

8-Day Filing for Special Election in House District 145

Eight candidates are on the ballot in the special election for State House District 145, which was called by Governor Greg Abbott to fill the vacancy created when State Representative Carol Alvarado (D – Houston) won a December 2018 special election for Texas Senate District 6.

Beto O’Rourke Joins the Cancel Culture Fight

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’ Rourke has always known his campaign was going to be an uphill battle. Despite his multiple efforts...

It’s Election Day! Will Texas Turn Blue?

If you have waited until today to vote, you have until 7 p.m. to get it done. If you are in line...

Texas Republicans Take Sharp Turn to the Right With New Chair

The pandemic has sharpened the divide between Texas Republicans and Democrats as the two sides spar over policies on wearing masks, shutdown...

Early Vote for the State Senate Special Election Starts November 26th

Voting locations for the State Senate special election, which start on November 26th.

Texas Senator John Whitmire Announces He Will Run For Reelection

Sen. Whitmire was one of the “Texas 11” who broke quorum in 2003 over Congressional redistricting efforts. He has since witnessed his...

Texas Primary Runoff & Special Election Results 2020: Live Updates

The delayed Texas primary runoffs are here and Reform Austin is tracking election results for all Texas House and Texas Senate 2020...

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