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.

Polls Suggest Joe Biden Has a Shot at Winning Texas. How He Fares Here...

No matter how frequently it happens, it’s always a bit startling. Ever since February 2019, polls have been coming...

Trump, Biden Attempting to Influence Highly Contested Texas Races

As we near the finish line of one of the most globally watched elections in U.S. history, voters have never been more...

Dallas County Commissioner’s Court Supports Voting By Mail

In defiance of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Dallas County commissioners support using mail-in ballots in the November election because of the...

Paxton Lands Another Big Fish For His Reelection

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced his endorsement of Ken Paxton who is seeking reelection as Texas Attorney General. Prior to Monday, the...

Will Paxton Lose His Texas Law License?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton might have crossed an ethical line after inciting members of the public to pressure The Texas Court...
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Fort Bend County Election Day voting locations

Election day voting in Fort Bend County has slightly different polling places than early voting locations. Today is the last day to...

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.

Federal Court Approves Vote by Mail in Texas During Pandemic, but Fight Not Over

In the day-to-day legal volleying over expanded voting by mail in Texas, the Texas Democratic Party spiked the ball today when it...

James White Signals Challenge to Sid Miller for Agricultural Commissioner

On a recent visit to The Chad Hasty Show, Texas State Representative James White hinted at a potential run for Texas Agriculture...

State. Mike Lang opts against reelection for second time

State Rep. Mike Lang, R-Granbury, listens in during the House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety hearing on Sept. 17, 2019. Eddie...

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