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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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League of Women Voters of Texas No Longer Allowed to Leave Voter Registration Forms...

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It’s Election Day in Texas Senate District 30

Voters in Senate District 30 in north Texas are going to the polls today. Voters in the special election will choose a...

Texas’ Two U.S. Senators Attempt to Distance Themselves from Trump

Predicting a bloodbath on Nov. 3 and offering comparisons to a troubled marriage, Texas Sens. John Cornyn (R-Houston) and Ted Cruz (R-Houston)...

A MAGA Face Mask? A Black Lives Matter T-shirt? Here’s What You Can And...

Wearing T-shirts, buttons or hats supporting political candidates at the polls is illegal. But in the pandemic era, voters are now being...

More Women Ran for Office in 2020. In Texas, Results Are Mixed.

A record number of Texas women signed up to run for political office in the 2020 election cycle. Some did well. Some...
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America’s Top Businesses Release Statement Supporting Voting Rights

Following a zoom call this weekend where CEOs and senior executives at companies across the country discussed a coordinated effort against legislation...

Texas Senate District 19 Special Election Update

Here are the candidates running in the July 19 special election in Texas.

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...

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