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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.

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On the heels of the retirement news from fellow Fort Bend County State Rep. and Chair of the Appropriations Committee John Zerwas...

Six potential candidates running to replace Former State Rep. Eric Johnson’s Dallas County State...

After winning a June 8 runoff election to replace term-limited Mayor Mike Rawlings, former State Representative Eric Johnson (D – Dallas) was...

In a district where Beto lost by three points, Republican lawmaker resigns

  Dr. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), incumbent chair of the Appropriations Committee, announced he would resign his seat, effective September...

New law challenges early voting access for Texans

Over the last several election cycles, Texas voters across the political spectrum seem to agree on one thing—most of us really like...

“It’s like they’re frightened to talk to me”: Texas campaign workers of color face...

While campaigning for a City Council hopeful earlier this year, Arash Farasat was assigned to knock on doors in an affluent Dallas...

Analysis: What do Texas voters want? Meat and potatoes, apparently. And cleaner elections.

A poll nestled between the end of a Texas legislative session and the beginning of what promises to be a tumultuous 2020...

Analysis: What’s a botched voter purge between friends?

So a governor of Texas appoints a new secretary of state who immediately gets into trouble with an amateurish attempt to purge...

Texas House committee signs off on controversial election bill

State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, listens to testimony on Senate Bill 9 from Mark Cundall with Rev Up Texas. Cundall spoke in opposition...

Analysis: When Texas lawmakers talk about “election security,” trust but verify

Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. It’s hard to trust lawmakers...

Joaquin Castro's out and MJ Hegar's in, but other Democrats still eyeing John Cornyn's...

When U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro announced earlier this month that he would not run for U.S. Senate in 2020, the San Antonio Democrat cleared...

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