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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.

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...

Watch Senate Bill 9 hearing in Texas House panel over voting rights and access

Rachel Zein for The Texas Tribune A Texas House panel is taking up legislation Wednesday that would make it a felony for Texans who vote...

Texans’ Civil Rights in Jeopardy

An effort to deter voter fraud, the Texas Senate voted 19 to 12 in favor of anti-voter bill SB 9. Filed by Sen. Bryan Hughes...

Texas counties removed 14 voters from the rolls in citizenship review

Long lines for the start of early voting snaked around the parking at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center near downtown Houston on Monday, Oct. 22,...

Democrat Ray Lopez wins Texas House seat formerly held by Rodriguez

Results for San Antonio House District 125 runoff election came to a close Tuesday night. Former San Antonio City Council member and Democrat Ray...

Texas again mistakenly flags voters for citizenship reviews

Monday's misstep was the latest in a series of blunders in the review of voter rolls by the secretary of state's office.  Laura Skelding for...

Early Voting Has Ended in the Texas House District 125 Special Runoff Election

(From left to right: Ray Lopez, Fred Rangel) Early voting has concluded in the special election runoff for Texas House District 125. As of Friday...

Harris County is Now Approved for Countywide Election Day Polling Centers

Per Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman: Houston, TX – Today, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley approved Harris County as one of six Texas counties with...

Results are in: Morales Wins Texas House District 145

Results for Houston House District 145 runoff election came to a close Tuesday night. Small businesswoman Christina Morales won the runoff for House District...

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