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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.

New Texas presidential poll

Poll Shows How Texans Feel About Presidential Race, Queso, H-E-B

A new poll from the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Public Opinion shows President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe...

Gov. Greg Abbott Spends Millions To Help Down-Ballot Republicans In Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign is ratcheting up its down-ballot efforts in the final weeks before the November election, working to defend the...

Opinion: The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher, So Go Vote!

The stakes could hardly be higher as we head into Election Day this Tuesday. Our country is in the midst of multiple...

Texas Republicans May Benefit From Refusing to Acknowledge Trump Loss

It’s Monday again. Have Texas Republicans accepted that President Donald Trump lost the Nov. 3 election? No. As of...
Trump, Patrick and Abbot

Donald Trump Endorses Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick the Same Day Gov. Abbott Gets Himself...

On Monday morning, Former state Sen. Don Huffines announced that he would challenge Gov. Greg Abbott for the governorship in the upcoming...

The Senate District 19 Election Set for Sept. 18

Republican Pete Flores and Democrat Pete Gallego will face off on Sept.18 for the state Senate District 19 seat, according to lawyers for Gallego...

Sheryl Cole defeats Gabriel Nila

Sheryl Cole defeated Gabriel Nila for a seat inside of the Texas House of Representatives.

La votación anticipada ha concluido en dos elecciones especiales para la Cámara de Representantes...

La votación anticipada ha concluido en dos elecciones especiales para la Cámara de Representantes de Texas: el Distrito 79 en el Condado de El...

Top 10 most vulnerable Texas Democrat-held districts for 2020

As a follow-up to our exploration of vulnerable Texas Republican candidates, we analyzed the 10 most vulnerable Democratic seats in the Lone Star State...
Houston mayoral election results

Houston mayoral election results: Turner, Buzbee runoff

Houston mayoral election results send Turner and Buzbee to runoff. Houston voters woke up on Wednesday to learn...

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