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Steven Rosenfeld  covers democracy issues for AlterNet. He is a longtime print and broadcast journalist and has reported for National Public Radio, Monitor Radio, Marketplace,  and many newspapers. He has written and co-authored three books on voting rights since 2004, including Count My Vote (AlterNet Books, 2008). His next book profiles how Ben Bril, the most famous Dutch Jewish boxer, kept his family alive in WW2.

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Senator Chuck Schumer, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 2, 2021
As Republicans Stall Election Reform in the U.S. Senate, Democracy Comes Under Greater Strain Republican legislators have been claiming elections face numerous threats and have passed dozens of laws, the most aggressive of which curtail voting options.
Student vote, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 8, 2021
Voting Turnout Up in 2020 Due to Flexible Voting Options In the 2020 presidential election, 66 million Americans voted with a mailed-out ballot after most states loosened restrictions on qualifications to vote by mail to make voting safer in the pandemic.
Prepare for the Worst: Demand Your Right to Vote By Mail, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Swing State Voting Wars Have Become Permanent -- and Our Democracy Will Pay the Price Not every state's voters determine which party wins congressional majorities and the presidency. But among the states that tip these outcomes, partisan battles over the ease or difficulty of voting have become ongoing features.
Donald Trump, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Trump's Attacks on the Georgia Election Are Failing Miserably -- but Show No Sign of Slowing Down The rapidly unfolding events in Georgia showcased the lengths that President Trump will go to overturn the 2020 general election's popular vote, the depth of disinformation that he is pushing and many partisans are accepting, and the fortitude of a handful of Georgia's constitutional officers who did not bend under pressure.
Bag of absentee ballots and provisional ballots, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 2, 2020
Federal Courts Give GOP Opening to Challenge Thousands of Late-Arriving Absentee Ballots President Trump and his Republican allies are pursuing a full-court press where their success hinges less on winning popular vote majorities and more on disqualifying volumes of absentee ballots via lawsuits to be filed after Election Dayif preliminary results in a few key states are close
Steve Bannon, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 18, 2020
Steve Bannon's Prediction of a Trump Election Day Win Is Premised on Ignorance Stephen Bannon, one of President Trump's most loyal propagandists is predicting that Trump will claim victory on election night as soon as he is ahead among Election Day voters.
Trump is Encouraging His Supporters to Intimidate Voters--And They're Listening, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 8, 2020
Advocates Urge Officials to Speak Up Against Voter Intimidation & Violence President Trump's debate message to a white power group to "stand back and stand by," despite his retraction, has turned online chatter among extremists into organizing actions targeting Election Day.
Absentee Ballot, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 28, 2020
Big Swing State Hurdle: Returning Your Absentee Ballot The Democratic Party and voting rights groups have been winning legal victories to make it easier to vote in the presidential election. But no ruling addresses an issue that some experienced election officials foresee as likely to delay voting at Election Day polling places on November 3.
The United States Postal Service is hiring Letter Carriers to help deliver the mail., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 22, 2020
Mail-In Ballots, Absentee Voting Must Be Protected Now Primaries and Elections in 2020 Show That Vigilance and Planning Are the Best Medicine to Prevent a Disaster in November.
Voting in US elections, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 10, 2020
How To Make Sure Your Vote Counts In 2020 Partisan battles have gone on for decades over who can vote and how easy or complex voting is. This struggle continues today, even in a pandemic. This article is a guide to successfully voting this fall.
How Voting Technology Impacts the 2020 Election, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2020
Why You Should Make Your Voting Plans Now Americans who want to vote this fall should make a plan, including what to do if something goes wrong --such as their requested mailed-out ballot does not arrive or is late.
Pres. Trump says mail-in ballots will rig the election, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 11, 2020
Recruiting Poll Workers Is Key to Thwart Trump's Attacks on Our Voting Systems As the U.S. heads toward 2020's general election amid a pandemic and President Trump's continued attacks on voting from home, both Trump and the GOP are positioning the party for another court-decided electoral outcome.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 26, 2020
A Looming Election Challenge: What If Mail-in Ballots Never Make It to Voters? As states keep encouraging voting from home in response to the pandemic and 2020's primaries and runoffs continue, a recurring election administration problem may be playing into Trump's myths about Democrats voting more than once.
Voters Upset With Election Day Problems, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 20, 2020
Tech Glitches Plague An Already Chaotic Primary Season The new disclosures about what impeded primary voters amid protests and a pandemic, as well as recommendations by election officials to the mayor and city council, are not unique to Washington. Revelations keep emerging about issues in intricacies of the voting process -- including new technology-based failures or unnecessary complexities.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 11, 2020
November Election Sneak-Peak Looking to the fall, record numbers of voters will be casting mail-in ballots. But sizable numbers of voters will still be looking to vote in person. Election officials will have to adequately prepare for both voting options.
Sgt. Monica Miggins, a Soldier with the 1158th Transportation Company out of Beloit, Wis., sanitizes voters' hands before entering a polling place in Fitchburg, Wis., April 7. More than 2,400 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen were mobilized to state active duty, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2020
"We Really Are in Uncharted Territory" Presidential Primaries Are under Strain from Civil Unrest and the Pandemic The nine presidential primaries on June 2 are occurring under crisis conditions not seen in America in 50 years -- not since 1968, when protests, crackdowns and violence surrounded the presidential election -- according to field reports from voting rights lawyers and advocacy groups.
I Voted Sticker, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 25, 2020
Why Absentee Voting Preparations Across the Country Are Worrying Experts More than 30 statewide elections will be held in the 91 days from May 19 to August 18, previewing how unfamiliar or difficult absentee voting may be across America this fall. Voting by mail will likely represent well over half the ballots cast; and some amount of Election Day voting will continue but may be very different than normal.
Donald Trump and Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 11, 2020
What happens if Bush-Gore result happens again with Trump-Biden? Dozens of America's top legal minds convened to consider what would have been unthinkable before Donald Trump's presidency. They gathered to brainstorm what could be done to prevent the country from descending into a "civil war-like scenario," as one participant put it, if Trump and Joe Biden both claim that they won the presidency -- and won't back down.
Ohio voters struggle to get their ballots in on time It's a mail-in or drop-off election this year., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 4, 2020
Ohio Primary Adds New Worry for Fall Ohio's Democratic presidential primary winner was never in doubt, but its voting process was. The April 28 primary, the second statewide vote-by-mail contest since the pandemic interrupted the 2020 election, highlighted new complexities facing voters if the nation shifts to mostly absentee voting this fall.
Long lines in Georgia after voting machine issues, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Pandemic and Voting Rights When the 2020 election season resumes in Ohio on April 28 and continues in nearly half of the states through July, Americans will see if new voting regimens instituted in response to the pandemic will help voters or preview state-by-state partisan battles over voter turnout.

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