Elections

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: 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 Speaker Bonnen won't seek reelection

Speaker Dennis Bonnen in the House Chamber on March 27, 2019, the day the House will take up HB1, the...

The 2020 Texas Primary Filings Are In: Here’s What to Expect in the Railroad...

With the filing deadline for the March 3, 2020 primary over, Texans now know who is running for the sole open seat on the Railroad Commission.

Coalition is Ramping Up Efforts to Protect Votes in Texas

Some voter trepidation is to be expected in the 2020 election cycle. The state’s recent poor handling of voter identification requirements and...

Dallas County Commissioner’s Court Supports Voting By Mail

In defiance of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Dallas County commissioners support using mail-in ballots in the November election because of the...

Trump Acceptance Speech Goes to Florida, Not Texas

The National Republican Party has picked Jacksonville, Fla. as the site for the biggest night of its convention later this summer. Dallas...

Texas Democrats Already Working to Defeat Abbott

The 2022 election is two years away, but that isn’t stopping Democrats from getting a head start. In an announcement that has...

Opinion: November Offers Choice to End Gun Violence or Maintaining Status Quo

We are coming upon an election that will determine our path not only for the next four years but for the foreseeable...
Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Harris County Mail Ballot Case

The Texas Supreme Court convened via Zoom on Wednesday to hear arguments for and against sending mail ballot applications to all 2.4...

Texas Can Reject Mail-In Ballots Over Mismatched Signatures Without Giving Voters A Chance To...

If they decide the signature on the ballot can't be verified, Texas election officials may continue rejecting mail-in ballots without notifying voters...

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