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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.
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Five candidates have filed to run for the special election for State House District 125, which was called by Governor Greg Abbott to fill the vacancy created when State Representative Justin Rodriguez (D – San Antonio) resigned.

Rep. Justin Rodriguez Appointed Bexar County Commissioner, Special Election Set for Feb. 12

State Representative Justin Rodriguez (D - San Antonio) was selected by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff last Friday, January 4th to replace County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, who died two weeks ago. Rodriguez was sworn into office immediately thereafter, and is leaving his seat in the Texas House.

Eight File to Run for Texas House District 145 Seat to Replace Carol Alvarado

(From left to right, top to bottom: Elias De La Garza, Oscar Del Toro, Christina Morales, Melissa Noriega, Alfred Moreno, Ruben Gonsalez, Martha Fierro,...


(From left to right: Art Fierro, Dr. Michiel Noe, Hans Sassenfeld) Three candidates have filed to run for the January 29 special election for State...

Abbott Calls Special Election to Replace Pickett

On Friday, December 21st, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District soon to be vacated by Representative Joe Pickett, who is retiring from the Legislature.

Alvarado Sworn In As Senator, Special Election for Her House Seat Looms

On Friday, December 21st in Austin, Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) was sworn in as the new Texas Senator for District 6, and also resigned her seat as the Texas House Member from District 145. Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, January 29, 2019 as the special election date to fill the Texas House of Representatives District seat recently vacated by former Representative Carol Alvarado.

Alvarado Wins Special Election For Texas Senate

State Representative Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) won last night’s special election for Texas Senate District 6. Alvarado received 7,602 votes (50.4 percent) against three challengers, narrowly avoiding an expected runoff.

Early Voting Has Ended in Texas Senate District 6 Special Election

Early voting concluded in the Texas Senate District 6 special election on Friday December 7th, with 10,011 voters casting ballots.

James Talarico, Reggie Smith sworn into Texas House

James Talarico and Reggie Smith will serve in the Texas House of Representatives.

Early Vote for the State Senate Special Election Starts November 26th

Voting locations for the State Senate special election, which start on November 26th.

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