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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Facebook will leave up political ads containing lies if they are posted by candidates. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Social Media Is Amplifying Trump’s Rants and Disinformation More Than Ever—Can Society Protect Itself?
As 2020 nears, disinformation—intentionally false political propaganda—is increasing and getting nastier. Central to this disturbing trend is President Trump, whose re-election campaign and allies revel in mixing selected truths, half-truths, knowing distortions and outright lies, especially with...
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Election integrity activists have criticized this approach for redefining what constitutes a paper ballot by replacing a hand-marked record with a computer-marked record. (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Views
Friday, August 23, 2019
Is a Nationally Widespread New Voting System Ready for the 2020 Elections?
A new precinct-based voting system being widely acquired by states and counties before 2020 that relies on printed bar codes to record votes, not handmade ink marks, may pose problems for independent efforts seeking to double-check election results. The Express Vote , from the nation’s largest...
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 We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader. (Photo: photolibrarian/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, August 09, 2019
Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies
A new book by one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers powerfully describes how America’s constitutional checks and balances are being pushed to the brink by a president who is consciously following Adolf Hitler’s extremist propaganda and policy template from the early 1930s—when the...
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Both cases pull back the curtain on political power plays that are built on segregating the public to determine which major party is more likely to win office, and which slices of society have elected representatives with power to act on their behalf. (Photo: Phil Roeder/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, June 27, 2019
The GOP Is Embracing More Ruthless Power Grabs in the Face of Huge Political Challenges
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers. One ruling concerns whether the Trump...
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 State Democratic parties will be renting private voting systems that they and voters have not used before. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Phone and Online Voting for Democrats in the 2020 Caucuses? DNC Is at a Major Crossroads
The Democratic National Committee may reverse course on its plans to increase participation in 2020 presidential caucus states by offering off-site voting options—starting with telephone voting in Iowa and possibly online voting in other states. That prospect of a reversal, at least in the early...
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 What evidence can be presented to a polarized electorate to legitimize the results? (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Views
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
America Is Missing Its Chance to Fix Our Election System Before We Vote in 2020
As 2020’s elections edge closer, recent troubling developments are casting new light on an old question—what will it take for the results to be trusted? The emergence of powerful forms of online political propaganda, the absence of progress in 2019 state legislatures on improving audits and...
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Poll worker Mary Ellison Views
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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