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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.

Texas again mistakenly flags voters for citizenship reviews

Monday's misstep was the latest in a series of blunders in the review of voter rolls by the secretary of state's office.  Laura Skelding for...

One-horse races: These house members haven’t drawn a challenger yet

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HD-28 runoff election

Fort Bend County's HD-28 Runoff Explained

Fort Bend County's HD-28 Runoff Explained: What is a runoff? When is the election? Who are the candidates? Find out more at Reform Austin.

Everything You Need to Know to Vote in Texas’ 2020 Primaries

The 2020 primaries are underway, and early voting begins in Texas on Tuesday and lasts through February 28. Starting...

Texas Dems Win First Round in Case to Expand Voting by Mail

Texas State District Court Judge Tim Sulak on Wednesday said he would grant a temporary injunction allowing for the expansion of voting...

10 Days Left to Register to Vote in July Primary Runoffs

Time is ticking to register to vote in the primary runoffs, which will take place July 14. Applications to register are accepted...

Two Texas Voters With COVID-19 Seek Court Order Allowing Them to Cast Mail-In Ballots

Seeking to vote in Tuesday’s primary runoff election, two Austin residents who recently tested positive for the new coronavirus asked a state...

QAnon Gaining a Foothold in Texas

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series.  QAnon is a radically pro-Trump collection of conspiracy theories...
Paxton appeals Friday straight ticket voting

Paxton Seeks to Reverse Ruling Allowing Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing and seeking an immediate stay of Friday’s federal district court ruling that reinstates straight-ticket voting...

Cornyn Accused of Sowing Racial Division with Latest TV Ad

In a sign that he feels Democratic challenger MJ Hegar nipping at his heels, incumbent Texas Sen. John Cornyn is going negative....

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