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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.

Democrats Take Legal Action Over Elimination of Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas

Straight-ticket party-line voting almost certainly enabled Democrats’ 12-House seat victory in Texas in the 2018 midterm election. Overwhelming Democratic...
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Attorney General Paxton Sues Battleground States to Block Their Votes in the Electoral College

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Tuesday that he is suing Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, claiming that the battleground states...

George P. Bush Says He Continues Supporting Trump Even After Losing Endorsement to Ken...

The current Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush, recently appeared in the Brian Kilmeade Show to address losing his longed endorsement by...

Why Are Texas Taxpayers Funding AG Ken Paxton’s Legal Defense?

Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to unapologetically drain Texas taxpayers for more than $43,000 in legal defense, as he fights off multiple...

Texas Dems Ask Court to Rein in Texas Attorney General Paxton on Mail Ballot...

Just days after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened to prosecute local officials for encouraging more people to apply to vote by...

Trump, GOP: When it Comes to Voting by Mail in Texas, Do as I...

Texas voters this week started receiving robocalls from Donald Trump Jr. encouraging them to apply to vote by mail, Politico reported. Not...

Court Order Requires Masks at all Texas Polling Places; Paxton Appeals

Update: Acting on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s appeal, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals late Wednesday temporarily stayed enforcement of the...

Early Vote for the State Senate Special Election Starts November 26th

Voting locations for the State Senate special election, which start on November 26th.

U.S. Supreme Court Only Option Left for Mail Ballot Proponents

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday extended an earlier order halting expansion of voting by mail in Texas to...

Kirk Watson Announces He Wants To Be Austin’s Mayor, Again

Former Texas Senator Kirk Watson has announced he’s joining the race to become Austin’s mayor in the next November election. Watson’s next...

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