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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.

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...

Early Voting Has Ended in Texas House District 79 and District 145 Special Elections

Early voting has concluded in two special elections for the Texas House -- District 79 in El Paso County and District 145 in Harris County. As of Friday, January 25th, 1,528 voters had cast ballots in District 145, about 2.1 percent of the district’s nearly 73,000 registered voters while 2,705 voted in District 79, about 3.1 percent of the district’s 88,034 registered voters. Election Day is Tuesday, January 29th.

Operation Lone Star Deals With Pay Issues, A Mental Health Crisis And Cutting Benefits,...

Gov. Greg Abbott swears on his Operation Lone Star mission which began last March with only a few hundred troops and continues...
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In some counties, more than twice as many Texans are voting this year than...

More than twice as many Texans in the state’s most populated counties voted during the first week of this year’s early voting than the first six days of early voting during the 2014 midterm election.

Here’s Why Gov. Abbott Wants Census Data Released Faster

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined today a national call among the GOP for a faster release of decennial Census data. They are...

Who Are The Trump-aligned Conservative Provocateurs Backing Christian Collins?

Next Saturday, Republican congressional candidate Christian Collins will hold a rally in The Woodlands. Supporting his first run for office, U.S. Reps....

Texas GOP Convention Delegates Concerned About Failed Process

Beset by technical difficulties, the Republican Party of Texas is canceling all of today’s sessions for the party’s virtual state convention. As...

Paper Shortages Threaten Voter Registration In Texas, Southern Legislators Offer Help

The Texas Primaries are just around the corner and unfortunately not everything is running smoothly at the polls.  Multiple...

Early Voting Turnout For 2020 Texas Primary Keeps Pace

Despite a larger voter roll, Texas voters are turning out as much during early voting for the presidential primaries this year as...

A Look at the Upcoming Texas Elections

Everyone may be gearing up for the 2022 midterms, but there is a small spattering of important elections happening next week as...

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