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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.

Trump and Beto square off in Texas again

Rachel Zein and Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune President Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke will...

Battleground State: 2022 Elections Become More Competitive With A Surge In Registered Voters, Surpassing...

To everybody's surprise - Republicans and Democrats alike - there has been a vast increase in Texas voters.  Texas...
New Texas presidential poll

Poll Shows How Texans Feel About Presidential Race, Queso, H-E-B

A new poll from the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Public Opinion shows President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe...

Texas Primary Election Results 2020: Live Updates

Super Tuesday is here and Reform Austin is tracking election results for all Texas House and Texas...

Unbothered By FBI Probe, Henry Cuellar Vows To Run For Reelection

Nothing can hold back U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, who on Tuesday announced he would still run for reelection even in the middle...

Polling For Beto More Hopeful Than It Looks

It was like something out of a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Top Texas Republicans, including Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant...

Four More Days to Vote Early in July 14 Primary Runoff Election

After being closed for the Independence Day holiday, early voting locations are open again across Texas through Friday.  Reports,...

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...

Will Hurd Wants to Be a “Normal” Republican President

Former San Antonio representative and the only Black Republican in the House, Will Hurd, has a dream of being a normal kind...

What’s On The Ballot? Two Texas Constitutional Amendments For 2022, Explained

Next month, voters will have the opportunity to change the Texas Constitution. Two propositions, approved by the state Legislature, will appear on...

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