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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.

Can Joe Straus Beat Greg Abbott? Our Poll Results are In

Joe Straus, the former Texas House Speaker, has been on the spot lately as the rumors of a possible race for Abbott’s...

Another Day, Another Ruling in the Texas Vote-by-Mail Fight

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today set aside Federal District Judge Fred Biery’s decision to open the door to all...

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 Impact Will the Latino Vote Have in Texas This Year?

It’s that time now in the election cycle when the campaigns are approaching the homestretch and the candidates have begun preparing for...

Democrats Take Legal Action Over Elimination of Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas

Straight-ticket party-line voting almost certainly enabled Democrats’ 12-House seat victory in Texas in the 2018 midterm election. Overwhelming Democratic...

Where You Can Get Free Food and Drinks Just for Voting

Want some free coffee, ice cream, a margarita, some queso or a discount on your meal? After casting your vote Tuesday, make...

It’s Election Day in Texas Senate District 30

Voters in Senate District 30 in north Texas are going to the polls today. Voters in the special election will choose a...

Voters pack lines in Houston on the first day of early voting

Voters came out in force for the first day of early voting in Harris County.

Early Voting Has Ended in Texas House District 79 and District 145 Special Elections

Early voting has concluded in two special elections for the Texas House -- District 79 in El Paso County and District 145 in Harris County. As of Friday, January 25th, 1,528 voters had cast ballots in District 145, about 2.1 percent of the district’s nearly 73,000 registered voters while 2,705 voted in District 79, about 3.1 percent of the district’s 88,034 registered voters. Election Day is Tuesday, January 29th.

Key Christian Values Being Tested in Tarrant County Sheriff’s Race

Tarrant County’s sheriff race between incumbent Bill Waybourn and Democrat Vance Keyes is a chance to weigh in on a foundational Christian...

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