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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.

Judge: State Must Allow Online Voter Registration With Driver’s License Renewal

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio on Friday ruled that Texas must allow simultaneous voter registration when Texans renew their...

After Six Months, a Houston City Council Race Still in Limbo

After a strange turn of events, a Houston City Council seat is still awaiting a runoff election.  City Councilmember...
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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...

O’Rourke Starts Flipping MAGA, Signing Hats

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke’s plan to reach voters in the reddest parts of Texas seems to be working. A huge number...

H-E-B Owner Attempts to Influence Vote-by-Mail Debate in Texas Courts

In a highly unusual move, the billionaire owner of the H-E-B grocery store chain is attempting to wield his influence with the...

Texas Leads the Nation in Polling Place Closures

It has become increasingly difficult for Texans to exercise the right to vote as a record number of polling places have closed.

Republican Party Could Skip Traditional U.S. Presidential Debates

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Republican Party on Thursday said its future presidential candidates might not participate in debates run...

Texans Get Stormed By ‘The Abbott Tax’ This Winter

In his latest ad campaign, Beto O’Rourke calls out Gov. Greg Abbott - once more - for being accountable for what he...

Harris County Again Chosen For ‘Random’ Election Audit

Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott announced on twitter that Harris County would again undergo an audit following the 2022 election....

Harris County DA Ogg Involving Texas Rangers in Election Investigation

Harris County’s election officials, already under investigation from the GOP state government over Election Day operational issues, are now being served warrants...

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