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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.

Federal Court Approves Vote by Mail in Texas During Pandemic, but Fight Not Over

In the day-to-day legal volleying over expanded voting by mail in Texas, the Texas Democratic Party spiked the ball today when it...

Dems Target 4 Texas Supreme Court Justices Over Voting By Mail

The Texas Democratic Party is declaring war on four Texas Supreme Court justices who are up for re-election in November. On Friday,...

Texas Supreme Court Halts Expansion of Vote-by-Mail

As had been predicted, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court has put the expansion of vote-by-mail in Texas on hold. The ruling follows...

Texas Democrats Accuse Attorney General Paxton of Savage Behavior on Vote-by-Mail Issue

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa has one question for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Why is he fighting so savagely to...

What’s at Stake for Texas GOP, Dems in Battle Over Mail Ballots

With the July 14 primary runoff elections just around the corner and the November general election now less than six months away,...

Six Candidates, Including Two Well-Known Democrats, File in Special Texas Senate Election to Replace...

Six candidates, including some well-known Austin-area politicians, have filed to run for the July 14 special election to replace retired Democratic state...

After Six Months, a Houston City Council Race Still in Limbo

After a strange turn of events, a Houston City Council seat is still awaiting a runoff election.  City Councilmember...

With Coronavirus in Mind, Gov. Abbott Extends Early Voting for July elections

Texas voters will have an additional week to vote early for elections scheduled for July 14. Per an order from Gov. Greg...

Texas’ Rules for Mail-in Voting Won’t Work During Pandemic, A New Lawsuit Argues

A coalition of voters and civil rights groups opened a new front Monday in the legal wars over mail-in voting in Texas...

COVID-19 is Changing Political Campaigning in 2020

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