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.

TX Poll: Cruz Holds Close Lead in Senate Race

Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz holds a four point lead over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in the contest for the U.S. Senate race in November, according to a poll conducted by Reform Austin.

Jared Patterson defeats Ramona Thompson

Jared Patterson defeated Ramona Thompson for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

A winner in one Texas House special election and a runoff in another

(From left to right: Art Fierro, Melissa Noriega, Christina Morales) Two special elections for the Texas House -- District 79 in El Paso and District...

HD-100: Five running for Eric Johnson’s old seat

Updated September 11: Paul Stafford dropped out of the HD-100 special election due to residency issues. The passage of...
HD-148 results

HD-148 results: Eastman and Larotta go to runoff

HD-148 results show that Anna Eastman and Luis Larotta are headed to a runoff election. None of the 15 candidates received more...

Early Voting Turnout in Texas Special Election Runoffs

Early voting has concluded in three special election runoffs for the Texas House—District 28 in Fort Bend County, District 100 in Dallas...

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...

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