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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.

Biden Campaign Visits Texas Tuesday

The wife of former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to El Paso, Dallas and Houston on Tuesday for get-out-the-vote rallies, marking...
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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...

Record Number of Texans Register to Vote, Cast Early Ballots

A record 16.4 million Texans are registered to vote in tomorrow’s primary runoff election, about 2.4 million more than four years ago....

Senator Ted Cruz Is Donald Trump’s ‘Ride Or Die’

A recent Washington Post article revealed Sen. Ted Cruz has gone to extreme lengths in order to stay in former president Donald...

Paul Stafford drops out of HD-100 race for residency issues

Democrat Paul Stafford has withdrawn from the HD-100 special election. Stafford was running to replace Eric Johnson, who resigned his seat when...

Beto O’Rourke’s Political Strategists Say He Plans to Run for Governor of Texas

The race for Texas Governor is starting to get interesting on the democrats' side. Beto O’Rourke’s political advisors say he’s planning to...

Texas GOP Finally Takes its Convention Online

In a totally unsurprising move, the Republican Party of Texas Executive Committee voted to proceed with an online state convention. After losing...
Paxton appeals Friday straight ticket voting

Paxton Seeks to Reverse Ruling Allowing Straight-Ticket Voting in Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing and seeking an immediate stay of Friday’s federal district court ruling that reinstates straight-ticket voting...

Will Texas Latinos come out for the midterms?

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

“It’s like they’re frightened to talk to me”: Texas campaign workers of color face...

While campaigning for a City Council hopeful earlier this year, Arash Farasat was assigned to knock on doors in an affluent Dallas...

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