Steven Rosenfeld

Steven Rosenfeld

Steven Rosenfeld is a senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of  Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a national political reporter focusing on democracy issues. He has reported for nationwide public radio networks, websites, and newspapers and produced talk radio and music podcasts. He has written five books, including profiles of campaigns, voter suppression, voting rights guides, and a WWII survival story currently being made into a film. His latest book is Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election (Hot Books, March 2018).

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Saturday, April 06, 2019
Why Many 2020 Swing States Will Produce Recount Headaches
If the 2020 presidential election hinges on recounts in the closest battleground states, there could be a crisis even greater than the 2000 election where the U.S. Supreme Court ended a Florida recount in its infamous Bush v. Gore ruling.
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The main attraction of a national popular vote system is that it would change the way that presidential campaigns are conducted—moving them onto more of a national stage—and emphasize that every vote counted, no matter where it was cast. (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Good-Bye Electoral College? Popular Vote Movement Gaining Steam
There’s new momentum around the National Popular Vote movement, where states will award Electoral College votes to elect the president based on which candidate has won the most votes nationwide—instead of today’s state-by-state winner-take-all system. “It does have new momentum, because there was a...
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Currently, the party in Iowa and DNC in Washington are looking to offer online options for 2020’s caucuses. (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Views
Friday, February 01, 2019
Online Voting Revolution Coming to 2020 for Dems—Starting in Iowa, Biggest Changes to Nomination Process in 50 Years
Iowa’s Democratic Party is leaning toward offering party members the option of participating in their 2020 presidential caucuses via internet and telephone balloting. However, recent experiences of Republican state parties elsewhere with online voting suggest that Iowa faces formidable challenges...
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"But they will have made a public declaration so they can’t just go and then vote in a Republican caucus." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
DNC Rules Chair: How the 2020 Caucuses Could Change
James Roosevelt III has been the co-chair of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee since 1995. In late December, the DNC issued its 2020 Delegate Selection Rules , which require states holding presidential caucuses, like Iowa and Nevada, to offer same-day registration and a way to participate without...
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Monday, January 14, 2019
Big Changes Are Coming to Iowa's 2020 Caucuses
The Iowa Democratic Party is preparing to implement the most sweeping and radical changes to its first-in-the-nation caucuses in 50 years, including potentially adopting online elements that could increase participation by upward of 100,000 voters, according to party leaders. “We have spent many,...
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 Most of the reforms have been proposed by Democratic lawmakers to counter abuses pioneered or deployed this century by Republicans—whether extreme gerrymanders, voter suppression, or stealth financing—or rulings from the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court that have deregulated campaigning. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Views
Friday, January 04, 2019
Democrats in Congress Unveil Ambitious Plan to Fix Our Election System
On the second day of the 116th Congress, the new House Democratic majority will introduce H.R. 1, the most comprehensive democracy reform legislation seen this century. It addresses voting rights and electoral procedures, campaign finance rules and loopholes, and seeks to institute higher ethical...
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Without getting too speculative, it’s not hard to see how a 2020 Sanders bid would be helped by all of these reforms. (Photo: Screengrab) Views
Friday, December 07, 2018
Sanders and DNC Level Playing Field for 2020 Presidential Debates
The Democratic Party’s best-known outsider, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, appears to be on the verge of notching yet another inside-track score that doubtless will come in handy when he runs for president in 2020. One of the biggest complaints by Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign was the way that...
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What’s going in some GOP-led states is especially troubling because it shows a brazen partisan disregard for election results. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
The GOP’s Power Grabs Are a Measure of Political Despair Produced by the 2018 Election Clobbering
As the dust refuses to settle from the 2018 midterms, there are stubborn reminders that there really are two Americas when it comes to voting and elections. This week, Republican-majority legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin —both created by GOP-led extreme gerrymanders in 2011—are trying to rush...
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“Without the right to vote, all other democratic rights are illusory.” (Photo: C-SPAN) Views
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Stacey Abrams Files Federal Lawsuit Detailing Georgia’s Extensive Voter Suppression in 2018
The federal lawsuit filed by thwarted Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and a coalition of mostly female domestic workers on Tuesday portrays Georgia’s 2018 election as a veritable horror show of intentionally anti-democratic and often racist voter suppression tactics—...
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Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, held his son as he addressed supporters at his primary night party on Tuesday. (Photo: Steve Cannon/Associated Press) Views
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The Florida Election Recount Is About to Get Very Confusing
Florida’s statewide recounts first faced technical obstacles surrounding the sorting and scanning of millions of ballots. Now political and legal obstacles are poised to add another layer of complexity over determining who is the next governor, senator and agriculture commissioner. The first of...
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