Natalia Contreras

Natalia Contreras

Reporter, Votebeat Texas

Natalia Contreras has covered a range of topics as a community journalist including local government, public safety, immigration, and social issues. Natalia comes to Votebeat from the Austin American-Statesman, where her reporting focused on impacts of government policies on communities of color. Natalia previously reported for the Indianapolis Star, where she helped launch the first Spanish-language newsletter, and at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Natalia was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jim Riley says he won’t give in to demands from Gillespie County's voter fraud activists.

My first two registration applications seemingly disappeared. Here’s what I had to do to get on the roll in time for the 2024 primary.

A new law aimed to increase voting access in rural counties. In South Texas it’s having the opposite effect.

The law, passed unanimously by Republicans, requires counties that offer countywide voting to increase the number of locations — a nearly impossible challenge in some areas.

Republicans in counties large and small are considering ditching machines to count their primary ballots by hand. Only one county is moving forward.

The Texas governor certified the November election results amid multiple lawsuits asking a court to prevent the voter-approved constitutional amendments from taking effect.

A harsh court ruling criticizes Harris County for its ballot paper shortages in 2022. The county’s new election chief pledges to get it right.

Williamson County’s top official said a voter fraud activist was responsible for “almost costing someone their life.” Under pressure from her lawyer, he retracted the statement.

Voter data discrepancies flagged in a preliminary 2022 audit are not uncommon in counties like Harris, experts say. But the errors could further confuse voters and raise suspicion if election officials don’t explain them

Heider Garcia will replace Michael Scarpello, who had led the elections department in Dallas since 2020.