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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Race For Texas House Majority Has Kept The Contest For Speaker Quiet

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson fielded a question last week that’s been on the minds of many members of the Texas House: If her party...

Kamala Harris Cancels Texas Visit After Staffer’s Positive COVID-19 Test

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday that a visit to Texas was in her campaign travel plans...

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Patrick Offers $1M for Voter Fraud Tips

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CEOs Plan New Strategy for Texas Voting Legislation

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Who is Matt Rinaldi?

The Republican Party in Texas recently elected a new chairman, Matt Rinaldi, a former state representative.  The seat became...

Early Voting in Texas Constitutional Election Began This Week, What’s It All About?

Early voting for a "uniform election" is underway across Texas. Starting this week, voters will have the opportunity to change the Texas...

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Last Tuesday, Texas Monthly published an opinion piece where both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz snatched the title...

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Republican Extremists Fumble in Primary Election

The 2022 Texas Republican Primary came down to infighting among the party. The last stalwarts of the traditional Texas conservative movement sought...

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