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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.

Here’s How Five Texas Universities Get Out the Vote

Last summer, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1888 into law, effectively banning temporary polling places often found on college campuses in...

Federal Court Approves Vote by Mail in Texas During Pandemic, but Fight Not Over

In the day-to-day legal volleying over expanded voting by mail in Texas, the Texas Democratic Party spiked the ball today when it...

Texas GOP Moving Full Steam Ahead for In-Person State Convention

Houston and Harris County are currently experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, but that isn’t deterring the Republican...

Why One Texas County is a Big Election Target

Shortly after Democrat Beto O’Rourke launched his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, he made several visits to Tarrant...

Secretary of State Launches Statewide Voting Awareness Campaign

Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs has announced the start of a statewide tour to educate Texas voters about what they...

Latinx Voters Could Determine Election Outcome in Texas

Less than a week before early voting begins in Texas, Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to win over Latinx voters as both...

Next Step in Legal Battle Over Drive-Thru Voting Expected Tomorrow

The Texas Supreme Court has set Friday as the deadline for all parties involved in the legal challenge of Harris County’s drive-thru...

Federal Judge Tosses Out Challenge to 127,000 Harris County Ballots

Update: The lower court ruling has now been appealed to 5th U.S. Court of Appeals.

Houston Police Officer Among Rioters at Capitol Building, May Face Federal Charges

Chief Art Acevedo received news Wednesday morning that a Houston Police Department officer may have taken part in infiltrating the U.S. Capitol...

After 12 years Serving the House, State Rep. James White Won’t Seek Reelection

Chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, James White, recently said during an interview that he would not seek...

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