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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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David Spiller Wins HD-68 Special Election Runoff

David Spiller won the special election runoff against fellow Republican Craig Carter Tuesday night. Spiller won with almost...

Here’s Why Gov. Abbott Wants Census Data Released Faster

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined today a national call among the GOP for a faster release of decennial Census data. They are...

Matthew Dowd Announces He’s Running for Lt. Governor

Matthew Dowd, the former chief strategist for George W. Bush’s presidential reelection campaign, has announced he’s running for lieutenant governor as a...

Matthew Dowd Abandons Race For Lt. Gov

Matthew Dowd, the former chief strategist for George W. Bush’s presidential reelection campaign, has announced he’s removing his name from the race...

Sen. Beverly Powell Fights GOP-Drawn Map That Discriminates Nonwhite Voters

Since the new political maps were released last fall there have been more than a half-dozen combined challenges to the redistricting plans....

Did Texans Vote Early this Election?

Texas primaries are just around the corner and election turnout appears to be “dramatically low” when compared to 2018.In the past, the...

Voter Fraud Investigation Goes Awry, GOP Activist Faces Criminal Charges

A Houston political far-right activist is facing a criminal indictment for his role in funding a private investigation into voter fraud that...

Right Wing Harassment Of Election Officials Rising In Texas

The constant lies about election fraud are having real consequences on the people who administer elections in Texas. Right wing harassment against...

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