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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.

Abbott Shuts Down Mail Ballot Drop-Off Locations

Update on October 9 at 11PM: US Judge Robert Pitman blocked Abbott's order limiting counties to just one mail ballot drop-off location....

Texas Supreme Court Dismisses Republican Suit To Remove Libertarian Candidates From November Ballot

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a suit filed by Texas Republicans to kick Libertarian candidates off the ballot. Nearly two...

Garza Romps In Runoff, Eyes Paxton Next

Rochelle Garza, soared to victory last night at the Democratic primary runoffs, securing her place as Texas attorney general nominee, and will...

State. Mike Lang opts against reelection for second time

State Rep. Mike Lang, R-Granbury, listens in during the House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety hearing on Sept. 17, 2019. Eddie...

Texas Dems Ask Court to Rein in Texas Attorney General Paxton on Mail Ballot...

Just days after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened to prosecute local officials for encouraging more people to apply to vote by...

Texas Supreme Court Says No to Erasing 127,000 Votes; Federal Case Pending

The Texas Supreme Court has denied Republicans’ last-ditch challenge to Harris County’s drive-thru voting program. A separate but nearly identical federal lawsuit...
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Record turnout for 2018 early voting

Texas voters broke turnout records during early voting this year after the Texas Secretary of State recorded 4,884,528 votes from October 22 to November...

Texas GOP Moving Full Steam Ahead for In-Person State Convention

Houston and Harris County are currently experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, but that isn’t deterring the Republican...
George P. Bush

George P. Bush Is Serious About Running For Attorney General

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush says he’s seriously considering running for Attorney General. The 45-year-old Republican hasn’t made an official statement...

New Online Tool Helps Voters Track Their Mail Ballots

There’s a new online tracking system for Texas voters who are voting by mail this year. The service, which is being offered...

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