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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, TomPaine.com 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Why The DNC Nixed Smartphone Voting In Alaska Democratic Primary
The Rules Committee could not agree that phone-based voting was sufficiently secure in 2020, not when facing Republicans like President Trump -- who routinely says elections are being stolen and would pounce on any issue with a new voting system -- and when other experts are citing ongoing security threats from abroad.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 17, 2019 Just How Secure Are the 2020 Elections?
When one hears about the latest trends in using and abusing data that flow online or over cell phone signal paths, one realizes that the best efforts to prevent disrupting the 2020 voting process or corrupting its reported results are akin to a cat-and-mouse game, where the best that defenders are doing is putting up spyware and walls to protect porous ancient systems.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 5, 2019 America Is Missing Its Chance to Fix Our Election System Before We Vote in 2020
A 2019 bill backed by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections to let counties use digital images of paper ballots to conduct more thorough recounts failed. Its opponents included Republicans (no House co-sponsors), activists who oppose using computers in vote counting, and some officials seeking less work.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 29, 2019 Does Maryland have the answer for verifying America's vote count?
here are advances that can make the process more transparent and verifiable before the winners are officially declared. Critics may assert that nothing involving computers can be trusted in voting. But they overlook that remarkably granular and accounting-like methods to verify vote counts have emerged practices that, if encouraged and widely adopted, would only benefit the public, but could be in place for 2020's election.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 14, 2019 Could This Be the End of the Electoral College?
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.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, January 4, 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 standards for federal officeholders and more.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2018 "They're Throwing A Fit": The GOP's Desperate Power Grabs Show How Weak The Party Has Become
The GOP is a party with a strong streak not only of reluctance to relinquishing power or heeding vote outcomes, but also of seeing it as politically virtuous to do whatever it takes to preserve its power. The biggest example of this reflex is its ongoing packing of the federal courts, which began in President Obama's final years, when the GOP-led Senate refused to seat scores of appointees and a Supreme Court justice.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 9, 2018 The Blue Wave Is Real, and Republicans Are Reeling
There were signs that Democrats were making inroads in previously red states. In Kansas, the anti-immigrant and vote-suppressing Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, was defeated for governor by Laura Kelly, and Kansans also elected Democrat Sharice Davids, a Native American and gay woman, to the House. Davids was one of many women elected on Tuesday, from governors to House members.
SHARE Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Maryland Is the Cutting Edge in Running Trustworthy Elections
Right now, Maryland is the only state using Clear Ballot's digital image audit software for all of its jurisdictions in November. (Vermont also uses the software, but it verifies results in a half-dozen towns after each election -- a fraction of its municipalities.)