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.

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...

Here’s Why Gov. Abbott Wants Census Data Released Faster

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined today a national call among the GOP for a faster release of decennial Census data. They are...

Ana-Maria Ramos defeats incumbent Linda Koop

Ana-Maria Ramos defeated incumbent Linda Koop for a seat in the Texas House.

Alvarado Sworn In As Senator, Special Election for Her House Seat Looms

On Friday, December 21st in Austin, Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) was sworn in as the new Texas Senator for District 6, and also resigned her seat as the Texas House Member from District 145. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District seat recently vacated by former Representative Carol Alvarado.

Joaquin Castro's out and MJ Hegar's in, but other Democrats still eyeing John Cornyn's...

When U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro announced earlier this month that he would not run for U.S. Senate in 2020, the San Antonio Democrat cleared...

HD-28: Early voting begins in Fort Bend County

Early voting began in the Texas House District 28 special election today, Monday, Oct. 21. The seat became vacant when former representative...

Third-Party Candidates in Texas Want a Fair Shot

Trip Seibold had planned to run for U.S. Congress in 2020 to represent Texas' 31st District, but he had to drop his...

Early Voting Turnout Is Up So Far in Texas’ Biggest Counties

The first week of early voting in the 2020 Texas Primaries has come to an end, and early voting turnout has been...

Paxton Says Fear of COVID-19 Not Enough to Be Eligible for a Mail-In Ballot

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants to clear up any confusion about mail-in ballots, and he is doubling down on restrictions on...

July Runoffs Will Decide Over 30 Texas Primary Races

Texas voters will head back to the polls July 14 to decide more than 30 Republican and Democratic primary runoffs. These include...

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