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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.

Abbott, incumbents win statewide races

Republican incumbents won all the statewide races in Texas on Election Day, as they have done for two decades, though most of the races were much closer than anticipated.

How state representatives Carol Alvarado's and Ana Hernandez's legislative records match up

Rep. Carol Alvarado and Rep. Ana Hernandez have filed to run for State Senator Sylvia Garcia's seat in lieu of being elected to the U.S. Congress.

Early Voting Has Ended in the Texas House District 125 Special Runoff Election

(From left to right: Ray Lopez, Fred Rangel) Early voting has concluded in the special election runoff for Texas House District 125. As of Friday...

Brad Buckley Running Unopposed in Primary

It looks like State Rep. Brad Buckley (R-Killeen) won’t have to worry about getting primaried. On Sept. 30, Nathan...
Ranked Choice voting

Ranked Choice Voting: How to End Endless runoffs

In runoff-election happy Texas, it seems voters are losing interest in a drawn-out voting process that comprises successive runoffs where turnout numbers...

Voting Technology in Texas is Unsecure and Outdated

With the primaries imminent and the general election looming in November, it’s time to take stock of the mechanics of Texas voting. Literally, the mechanics. How do we vote, who runs the machines, are they secure, and is it time for a change?

Will an Investigation Reveal the Truth About Mystery Candidate Natasha Ruiz?

Almost the entire Harris County Democratic legislative delegation has asked Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and County Attorney Vince Ryan to...

U.S. Supreme Court Only Option Left for Mail Ballot Proponents

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday extended an earlier order halting expansion of voting by mail in Texas to...

Joe Biden Launches TV Ads in Texas

In a clear sign that he views the Lone Star State as competitive, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe...

Why Dan Patrick Won’t be at Trump’s Acceptance Speech Tonight

Trump Texas Victory Chair Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will not be in attendance when President Donald Trump gives his GOP nomination acceptance...

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