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.

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...

La Cámara de Representantes del Distrito 145

Menos de 700 personas votaron en persona la primera semana de la votación anticipada en la carrera del distrito 145 de ocho candidatos para suceder a Carol Alvarado, quien fue elegido en el Senado de Texas en diciembre.

Well-liked House Democrat Jessica Farrar retires after two decades of service

State Rep. Jessica Farrar announced Friday that she would retire from the Texas House of Representatives effective September 30, 2019. Farrar, a...
Harris county elections

Harris County election results delayed until 2 a.m.

Harris County's election results won't arrive until about 2 a.m., according to a statement from the County Clerk's office. The delay in...

The Stakes Are High for Voter Registration in Texas

The 2020 election looms large, and in Texas it might be one of the most consequential in the state’s history. 

Analysis: When Texas lawmakers talk about “election security,” trust but verify

Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. It’s hard to trust lawmakers...

Texas Democrats Accuse Attorney General Paxton of Savage Behavior on Vote-by-Mail Issue

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa has one question for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Why is he fighting so savagely to...

Early Voting in Texas Runoffs Starts Monday

You may have heard the saying “make a kit, have a plan” in connection with hurricane and flooding preparedness. The same is...

Texas Republicans Take Sharp Turn to the Right With New Chair

The pandemic has sharpened the divide between Texas Republicans and Democrats as the two sides spar over policies on wearing masks, shutdown...

Less Than One Month Left to Register to Vote in November

Texans have less than 30 days left to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. Completed voter registration forms must be...

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