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.

Dallas County Asks for Super Tuesday Recount After Discovering It Missed Some Ballots

Dallas voters in line to vote on March 3, 2020. Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune. Dallas County...
HD-100 results

HD-100 results: recount could upset runoff

HD-100 results show the closest race of the special election was in Dallas. In a heavily Democratic south Dallas district formerly held...

Abbott Downplays Potential Use of National Guard Troops on Election Day

For the first time since the story broke, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday answered questions about the deployment of Texas National Guard...

Reform Austin Analysis: What the Primary Election Results Mean for Texas

After nearly 2 million Texans voted on Super Tuesday and 2.1 million Texans early voted and sent ballots by mail, the unofficial...

Jared Patterson defeats Ramona Thompson

Jared Patterson defeated Ramona Thompson for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

Jon Rosenthal defeats longtime legislator Gary Elkins

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

Harris County Closes All But One Drive-Thru Voting For Election Day

Update: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday denied the appeal of the lower court decision. Harris County is still...
Last Day to Register

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote in the November Election

If you want to vote in the Nov. 3 election and are not already registered, today is the last day to get...

Texas Leads the Nation in Polling Place Closures

It has become increasingly difficult for Texans to exercise the right to vote as a record number of polling places have closed.

Texas Supreme Court Says No to Erasing 127,000 Votes; Federal Case Pending

The Texas Supreme Court has denied Republicans’ last-ditch challenge to Harris County’s drive-thru voting program. A separate but nearly identical federal lawsuit...

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