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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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.