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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.

Clutch Those Pearls! There’s Some Cussing Going on in the Cornyn/Hegar Race

Not only can Democratic challenger MJ Hegar bring in more political donations than incumbent Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R-Houston), she could probably...

Early Voting underway in HD-100

The first day of early voting in the Texas House District 100 special election begins Monday, Oct. 21. The vacancy for the...

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.


Monday, January 14th was the first day of early voting in two special elections for the Texas House of Representatives. And while the two...

One-horse races: These house members haven’t drawn a challenger yet

HD-029 Ed Thompson  Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) is a five-time representative with a reputation for shady campaign tactics. For more...

Texas Democrats, Energized by D.C. Visit, Look to Preserve Voter Access

The Texas legislature was thrown into the national spotlight last month when the minority Democrats staged a mass walkout to deny the...

Texas Leads the Nation in Voter Turnout Right Now

Six months ago, the pundits probably wouldn’t have predicted that all eyes would be on Texas, but that is exactly what is...
HD-28 results

HD-28 results: Markowitz and Gates go to a runoff

HD-28 results send Markowitz and Gates to a runoff election. A Texas House seat in Fort Bend County is in for a...

Vikki Goodwin unseats incumbent Paul Workman

Vikki Goodwin defeated incumbent Paul Workman for a seat in the Texas House.

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...

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