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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 Lawsuit Claims Texas Election Process Unfair to Minorities

Mi Familia Vota, the NAACP and two voters are suing Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs for “failing...

Paxton Sues to Stop Harris County Mail Ballot Outreach

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued to prevent Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins from sending mail ballot applications to every registered...
5th circuit say no to return of straight ticket

Straight-Ticket Voting Will Not Return to Texas for November Election

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court ruling that would have allowed reinstatement of straight-ticket voting for...

Texas Leads the Nation in Voter Turnout Right Now

Six months ago, the pundits probably wouldn’t have predicted that all eyes would be on Texas, but that is exactly what is...

Kamala Harris Urges Democrats To Keep Their Foot On The Pedal In Late Texas...

FORT WORTH — As soon as Kamala Harris took the stage outside a bustling church here, she made her intentions for the...

Texas Democrats have failed to pass voter access legislation for years. The pandemic may...

This coverage is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. The article is available...

George P. Bush, A Close Ally of Donald Trump

While many prominent members of the Bush family have marked their distance from Donald Trump, it seems like the Texas Land Commissioner...

Democrat Leo Pacheco Announces He’ll Leave His Texas House Seat in the Next Few...

State Rep. Leo Pacheco from Texas District 118 recently announced that he plans to leave his seat in the next two to...

John Bucy unseats incumbent Tony Dale

John Bucy defeated incumbent Tony Dale for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

FIVE FILE FOR TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 125 TO REPLACE JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ

Five candidates have filed to run for the special election for State House District 125, which was called by Governor Greg Abbott to fill the vacancy created when State Representative Justin Rodriguez (D – San Antonio) resigned.

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