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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.

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....

Kamala Harris’ Texas Schedule Released, Biden Team on Statewide Tour

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ Texas visit on Friday will include stops in McAllen, Fort Worth and Houston. The choices appear...

A Handful Of Battleground Races In Texas Remain Unsettled Days After Election Day

A few battleground races in Texas are still not fully settled as the current runner-up holds off on conceding, waiting to see...

These Texas Companies Have Publicly Opposed Voting Restrictions

When Georgia passed its 96-page voting overhaul bill into law last month, large companies went public with their opposition. The CEOs of...

Not Even Republicans Want Ted Cruz or Abbott as the Next President

Packed with widespread fraud allegations, cheering for people who chose not to get vaccinated, praising capitol rioters as heroes, chanting for voter...

James Talarico To Run For New House District 50 in 2022

“Republicans have gerrymandered me out of my district,” said Rep. Talarico in a tweet. “If they think they can keep me...

Jon Rosenthal defeats longtime legislator Gary Elkins

Jon Rosenthal defeated incumbent Gary Elkins for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

FEW CAST BALLOTS ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPECIAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING

Monday, January 14th was the first day of early voting in two special elections for the Texas House of Representatives. And while the two...

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