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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.

Cesar Blanco to run for Jose Rodriguez’s seat

Texas’ tradition of political musical chairs continues with state Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) announcing his candidacy on Monday, Sept. 16, for...

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-28: Six Republicans, one Dem on Nov. ballot

The filing deadline to run in the Texas House District 28 special election was yesterday at 5 p.m. The election will be...

Top 10 Most Vulnerable Texas Republican-held Districts for 2020

With upcoming elections in 2020, all eyes are on the Texas State House. For all the talk of Texas potentially going purple, some...

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...

What does "Ban the box" mean for Texas?

“Ban the box” laws prohibit employers from using criminal history early in the hiring process for prospective employees. The policy was endorsed...

Well-liked House Democrat Jessica Farrar retires after two decades of service

State Rep. Jessica Farrar announced Friday that she would retire from the Texas House of Representatives effective September 30, 2019. Farrar, a...

Gov. Abbott Anounces Special Election for Fort Bend State House Seat

Following Rep. John Zerwas’ recent resignation announcement, Gov. Greg Abbott officially issued a proclamation today to announce Tuesday, November 5, 2019,...

Lawsuit alleges Texas’ vote by mail rules are unconstitutional

A new federal lawsuit alleges that the way Texas handles absentee ballots is unconstitutional.  The Texas Civil Rights Project...

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