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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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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 Beyond the litigation, Abrams has been making selective appearances with thwarted voters—to emphasize the human dimensions of voter suppression in her state. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 12, 2018
Here’s Why the Georgia Governor’s Race Is Far From Over
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign Sunday filed a federal lawsuit to extend counting ballots by a day—to Wednesday—and to reexamine thousands of ballots that have been rejected for arcane technicalities. “Our legal strategy is simple—count every vote,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo,...
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By the close of business on Friday, all 2018 midterm ballots to be counted, or information required from voters to ensure their ballot would count, is due in both states.(Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) Views
Friday, November 09, 2018
For Georgia and Florida, Midterm Election Counts Continue
Unresolved races for governor and U.S. Senate in Florida and Georgia were heading into uncharted territory Friday, as ballot submission deadlines, candidate lawsuits and preparations for recounts—or runoffs—all converged. By the close of business on Friday, all 2018 midterm ballots to be counted,...
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Why didn’t the Democrats win more widely—taking back a full congressional majority and not just the U.S. House? The answer is because each state has two U.S. senators, regardless of its population. That blame lies with the country’s founders and the structure of federal representative government. (Photo: Heath Hinegardner) Views
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
It Was a Blue Wave Election—And the Republicans Are Feeling the Fallout
The 2018 midterms were a blue wave—despite what Fox News hosts blared on Wednesday morning, mimicking the line White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered late on election day. But that wave doesn’t mean the anti-democratic features of America’s electoral process didn’t kick in, to...
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On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Georgia not to disqualify those absentee ballots that had suspicious signatures or other disqualifying marks. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 26, 2018
There Are Unfolding Voting Controversies in Two Key States’ Upcoming Elections—Here’s What’s Going On
With Election Day nearing, the partisan rhetoric over voting is growing and not helping those at the center of the storm—actual voters in key states. Perhaps this is inevitable given a political culture where rants and raves take center stage, as best evidenced by President Trump making new noise...
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Hurdles surrounding the vetting of voter information may impede participation in close contests on Election Day. (Photo: Keith Ivey/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Voter Data Suppression Is GOP’s Latest Anti-Voter Tactic
As early voting has begun across America and seen record turnouts , the big question is: Will people voting for Democrats surmount the obstacles that the GOP has built in red-run states to achieve winning popular vote majorities? Those obstacles began with extreme gerrymanders in 2011 for state...
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If the stakes in voting weren’t high, or if voting didn’t have an impact, you wouldn’t find all these political efforts in some states to make the process harder for the opposing party’s base. (Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, October 12, 2018
With Such High Stakes This November, Here’s How to Make Sure Your Vote Is Properly Counted
Editor’s Note: The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching. These non-presidential elections historically give voters a chance to change the country’s course. They will decide whether or not Republicans keep a majority in Congress, important governor’s races and more. A Voter’s Guide to the...
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While states have registration filing deadlines, it has never been easier to register. This chart has a state-by-state list of deadlines and same-day registration details. (Photo: Pinterest) Views
Thursday, October 04, 2018
A Voter’s Guide to Registering for the 2018 Election—Beat the Deadline!
Editor’s Note: The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching. These non-presidential elections historically give voters a chance to change the country’s course. They will decide whether or not Republicans keep a majority in Congress, important governor’s races and more. A Voter’s Guide to the...
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Saturday, September 22, 2018
America's Political Pollsters Could Be Missing the X Factor in the 2018 Elections—'Hidden Voters'
Four months after last November’s statewide elections in Virginia, Echelon Insights, a voter polling, data and analytics firm working with Republicans, finally knew how badly the 2018 electoral landscape was going to be for their party. By March, the state of Virginia had updated its statewide...
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"How will millions more get to participate in 2020’s Democratic nominating contests? That road is through reforming laws governing primaries, not caucuses." Views
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
DNC Superdelegates Have Been Tamed—But Millions of Democratic Primary Votes Are Still Vulnerable
On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee sanctioned its superdelegates—blocking 716 officeholders, state and local party officials, and other well-connected Democrats from casting a first-round ballot at 2020’s Democratic National Convention toward the 2,383 votes needed to nominate its next...
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