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What you can expect from our election coverage
How we explain voting
We explain the voting process with election-specific voter guides to help Texans know what’s on the ballot and how to vote. We interview voters, election administrators, and election law experts so we can explain the process, barriers to participation, and what happens after voting ends and counting begins. Learn more here.
How readers inform our work
Instead of just letting politicians set the agenda, we’re talking to voters and looking at polling data to understand the top concerns of everyday Texans. The questions and needs of our readers help inform our priorities. We want to hear from readers: what do you want to understand better about the electoral process in Texas? If local, state, or congressional elected officials were to successfully solve one problem right now, what would it be? What is at stake for you in this electoral cycle? If we’re missing something, this is your chance to tell us.
How we hold officials accountable
We don’t just tell what politicians say, but focus on what they do (or don’t do) for the Texans they represent. Our goal is to provide historical, legal and other context so that readers can understand and engage with an issue. Reporting on the efforts that make it harder to vote and engage in our democracy is a pillar of our accountability work. Learn more here.
How we choose which races to cover
We are not able to closely cover the 150 races for the Texas House, 31 for the Texas Senate, or 38 for the Texas delegation to the next United States House. We have to pick the races we cover closely using our best judgment of what’s most notable. We consider factors such as power, equity, interest, and competitiveness to determine what deserves more resources and attention. Learn more here.
How we cover misinformation
By reporting lies and exaggerations, we make it clear why it’s wrong and how it can hurt Texans. Sometimes we choose not to write about misinformation because it can help amplify it. We are more likely to debunk lies when they are propagated by elected officials or used as justification for political decisions. Learn more here.