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Why American Elections Are Flawed (and How to Fix Them)$
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Pippa Norris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713408

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713408.001.0001

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Challenges of Electoral Integrity during the 2016 US Elections

Challenges of Electoral Integrity during the 2016 US Elections

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(p.5) I Challenges of Electoral Integrity during the 2016 US Elections
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(p.iii) Why American Elections Are Flawed (and How to Fix Them)
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Pippa Norris

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501713408.003.0002

This chapter describes several major challenges observed during the 2016 US elections. Five issues pose growing risks to electoral legitimacy in the 2016 race: partisan polarization over electoral procedures; lack of public confidence following widespread claims of fraud, vote rigging, and the suppression of voter rights; the risks of hacking; the consequences of deregulating campaign funding; and the lack of professional standards of electoral management. It argues that without a comprehensive program of reforms addressing these problems, in a close, heated, and bitterly fought election, the 2016 contest could be a critical “tipping point” triggering lasting harm to its legitimacy.

Keywords:   2016 elections, American electoral process, party polarization, hacking, political campaign spending, electoral management, partisan politics

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