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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.

Last Day to Register to Vote in Texas Primary Runoff

Today is the last day to register to vote in the July primary runoff election.  Early voting is from...

The Texas Plan to Gut Minority Voting Forever

Texas Republicans have had a problem for decades as the state grows less white and more diverse. Since increased diversity tends to...

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...

Getting The Vote Out In Some Unexpected Ways

The 2022 midterm elections are a big deal, and some organizations are trying to increase civic participation in big ways.

Capitol sources: Milasincic pulling ahead of Bohac in final vote count

Anonymous capitol insiders informed Reform Austin that Adam Milasincic currently leads Dwayne Bohac in the final tally.
1st day of early voting

Texas’ First Day of Early Voting One for the Record Books

It appears that the pandemic is not scaring Texas voters away from the polls. Hundreds of thousands of them waited for hours...

Results Are In: Gates Defeats Markowitz in Texas House District 28 Runoff Special Election

Fort Bend’s closely watched House District 28 runoff special election came to a close Tuesday night with Republican Gary Gates on top. 

Dallas County Asks for Super Tuesday Recount After Discovering It Missed Some Ballots

Dallas voters in line to vote on March 3, 2020. Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune. Dallas County...

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez becomes first to enter race for Senate District 14

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez takes part in a Mexican American Legislative Caucus and House Elections Committee press conference on Jan....

James Talarico, Reggie Smith sworn into Texas House

James Talarico and Reggie Smith will serve in the Texas House of Representatives.

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