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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.

Thousands Of Texas Ballots Rejected Due To New Voter ID Law

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Thousands of Texas voters' mail-in ballots for midterm primary elections have been rejected for failing to comply with new Republican-backed identification requirements...

Facebook’s New Voting Information Hub Includes Links for Texans

With the November elections coming closer, Facebook launched a voting information center Thursday. The company’s goal is for its voter information campaign...

Cornyn Accused of Sowing Racial Division with Latest TV Ad

In a sign that he feels Democratic challenger MJ Hegar nipping at his heels, incumbent Texas Sen. John Cornyn is going negative....

Texans: Don’t Fear the Census

This year is not only a monumentally important election year, it’s also when one of America’s most sacred constitutional duties is carried...
George P. Bush

George P. Bush Is Serious About Running For Attorney General

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush says he’s seriously considering running for Attorney General. The 45-year-old Republican hasn’t made an official statement...

‘Rick Perry Challenges Greg Abbott In March Primary’: Sorry, Let Me Clarify; Rick Perry...

On December 13, hours before the deadline, Rick Perry filed for the March primary election. No, not Rick Perry, the former governor,...

Will Texas Latinos come out for the midterms?

If Democrats want a blue wave in Texas, they'll need to energize Latinos to vote.
New Texas presidential poll

Poll Shows How Texans Feel About Presidential Race, Queso, H-E-B

A new poll from the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Public Opinion shows President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe...

How a bond election changed Texas’ early voting laws

The phrase “elections have consequences” has become a cliche, a political version of “it is what it is.”  However,...

‘CEO Of A State?’: Matthew McConaughey’s Announcement For Texas Governor Coming Soon

The Oscar-winning philanthropist, Matthew McConaughey, who has recently been teasing the idea of running for Texas governor, was preferred by voters over...

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