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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"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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 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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