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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.

Houston metro bond

Houston metro bond: voters approve $3.5 billion

Houston voters passed a new Houston METRO bond. Houston voters approved a transportation bond that will build $3.5 billion in improvements without...

Election Day in Texas House District 28 Runoff Election

Election day in the Texas House District 28 special election runoff is Tuesday, January 28th. The seat became...

All Eyes on Texas as Super Tuesday Looms

The Lone Star State is poised to return to swing state status, and with 38 Electoral College votes in play, Texas could...

Texas GOP Puts out Welcome Mat for Republican National Convention

The Texas Republican Party says it would be more than happy to host the GOP National Convention if North Carolina can’t meet...

Beto O’Rourke Fires Up his Grassroots Efforts in Texas

Although recent polling shows a clearly competitive political season ahead, Beto O’Rourke believes he can turn Texas blue in November. 

Student Political Groups Work to Get Young People Registered to Vote

With the fall semester about to begin, navigating online classes and a global pandemic are not the only things on the minds...
Harris County Voters

Clerk Gets OK to Send Mail Ballot Applications to All Harris County Voters

There is yet another ruling today in the ever-evolving and confusing back-and-forth legal battles over voting by mail. This time, Harris County...

Texas Election Sites May Not Have Problems, but Officials Are Prepared

An exhausting campaign season, punctuated by tumultuous court battles over expanding mail-in voting and prolonged partisan brawls, moves to the final stretch...

Texas Supreme Courts Refuses to Halt Drive-Thru Voting

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that Harris County can continue offering drive-thru voting. The Thursday afternoon ruling denied the last-minute challenge...

Where You Can Get Free Food and Drinks Just for Voting

Want some free coffee, ice cream, a margarita, some queso or a discount on your meal? After casting your vote Tuesday, make...

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