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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.

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During the 2020 elections, Governor Greg Abbott was praised for extending Texas’ early voting period by a week to help deal with...

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

David Spiller Wins HD-68 Special Election Runoff

David Spiller won the special election runoff against fellow Republican Craig Carter Tuesday night. Spiller won with almost...

Will the Delay in Census Data Impact the May Municipal and School Board Elections...

Every ten years the United States conducts a census to track the population, and the results determine how many districts a state has based...

Early Voting for HD-68 Begins Today With Limited Hours

Early voting begins today for the special runoff election that will decide who replaces Sen. Drew Springer in House District 68.

Gov. Abbott Approval Ratings Continue to Slide

A recent online survey conducted by The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston shows Abbott's downward trend in...

Paxton Election Lawsuit Drafted by Trump’s Team

In December, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a controversial lawsuit against the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, asking the...

Yes, Governor, We Need to Vet National Guard Members for the Inauguration

Governor Greg Abbott tweeted on Monday that the idea of vetting National Guard members, particularly Texans, who will be a part of President-Elect Joe...

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...

U.S. House Votes to Impeach Trump, Again

After the violence at the Capitol Building last week, the House voted to impeach the President by a vote of 232-197 for...

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