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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.

HD-28: The hottest race in Texas gets even hotter

In what’s shaping up to be one of the most-watched state house races in Texas, an unlikely underdog has emerged with a...

Cain Prematurely Ends HB 6 Hearing, Blocks Collier From Asking Questions

This is a developing story The Texas House Committee on Elections was scheduled to hear public testimony on HB...

Chief Justices File Unusual Brief To Prevent Republican Election Dominance

In the latest fight against wide scale takeover of the election system by Republican state legislatures backing the Big Lie, a group...

Gov. Abbott Gets Shut Down in Conservative Poll, Even Bernie Sanders Got More Support

After making headlines across the country last month for signing an unlicensed gun carry bill, eliminating the Texas Legislature's budget in a...

Reform Austin Analysis: What the Primary Election Results Mean for Texas

After nearly 2 million Texans voted on Super Tuesday and 2.1 million Texans early voted and sent ballots by mail, the unofficial...

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...

Will the Real LULAC Please Stand Up?

With just days to go before a midterm election in Texas that could hinge on the Latinx vote, the nation’s oldest and...

Leaders: What Texans Yearn for as Democratic National Convention Starts

In case you’ve been otherwise preoccupied, tonight is the first night of the Democratic National Convention.  “The what?!” 

Election Day in Texas House District 28 Runoff Election

Election day in the Texas House District 28 special election runoff is Tuesday, January 28th. The seat became...

Early Voting Has Ended in Texas House District 79 and District 145 Special Elections

Early voting has concluded in two special elections for the Texas House -- District 79 in El Paso County and District 145 in Harris County. As of Friday, January 25th, 1,528 voters had cast ballots in District 145, about 2.1 percent of the district’s nearly 73,000 registered voters while 2,705 voted in District 79, about 3.1 percent of the district’s 88,034 registered voters. Election Day is Tuesday, January 29th.

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