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.

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Texas Primary Runoff & Special Election Results 2020: Live Updates

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Joe Biden Launches TV Ads in Texas

In a clear sign that he views the Lone Star State as competitive, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe...

It’s Election Day! Don’t Forget to Vote!

The polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight. Texans are voting to decide Republican and Democratic runoffs in Congressional, legislative, statewide and...

Texas GOP Finally Takes its Convention Online

In a totally unsurprising move, the Republican Party of Texas Executive Committee voted to proceed with an online state convention. After losing...

Texas Runoff Elections Show Stress of Coronavirus Pandemic on State’s Voting Systems

If the primary runoff elections are a test run for November, cracks are becoming apparent in the state's voting system as it...

Record Number of Texans Register to Vote, Cast Early Ballots

A record 16.4 million Texans are registered to vote in tomorrow’s primary runoff election, about 2.4 million more than four years ago....

Today is the Last Day to Vote Early for Tuesday’s Primary Runoff Election

Voters have until 7 p.m. today to cast early votes for the July 14 primary runoff election. RA News...

What is Curbside Voting? Can I Use it During the Pandemic?

There has been a lot of discussion over the last couple of months about voting by mail, but there is another option...

Calls to Cancel Texas GOP’s In-Person Convention Grow

Add the Greater Houston Partnership to those calling for the Republican Party of Texas to cancel its in-person convention. 

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