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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.

Steve Allison defeats Celina Montoya

Steve Allison defeated Celina Montoya for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Mayes Middleton defeats Amanda Jamrok

Mayes Middleton defeated Amanda Jamrok for a seat in the Texas House of Republicans.

Sam Harless defeats Natali Hurtado

Sam Harless defeated Natali Hurtado for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Steve Toth defeats Lorena Perez McGill

Steve Toth defeated Lorena Perez McGill and secured a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Two front runners emerge in special election to fill Texas Senate seat

Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado are running for Congresswoman elect Sylvia Garcia's Texas Senate District 6 seat.

Jon Rosenthal defeats longtime legislator Gary Elkins

Jon Rosenthal defeated incumbent Gary Elkins for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

John Bucy unseats incumbent Tony Dale

John Bucy defeated incumbent Tony Dale for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

James Talarico defeats Cynthia Flores in open seat race

James Talarico defeated Cynthia Flores in open seat race for House District 53 in Williamson County.

Nathan Johnson defeats Don Huffines

2018 was a year of change in Texas, with five new members joining the Texas State Senate and a 6th to join after the...

Beverly Powell defeats Konni Burton for a seat in the Texas Senate

Beverly Powell defeated incumbent Konni Burton and won a seat in the Texas Senate.

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