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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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Comparing Electoral Integrity within and across States

Comparing Electoral Integrity within and across States

(p.28) III Comparing Electoral Integrity within and across States
Why American Elections Are Flawed (and How to Fix Them)

Pippa Norris

Cornell University Press

This chapter compares cross-national and state-level evidence from expert and mass surveys to diagnose problems in American elections. When evaluating the integrity of elections, experts rated America exceptionally poorly. Compared with all 153 countries in the survey, based on the average evaluations of both the 2012 and 2014 US elections, America scored 62 out of the 100-point PEI Index. Compared with the rest of the world, the United States ranks 52nd worldwide. Experts also evaluated the 2016 elections across all fifty US states and Washington, DC. The results show that the south remains the region of America which experts assess as having the weakest electoral performance. Democratic-controlled states usually had significantly greater electoral integrity than Republican-controlled states, across all stages except one (the declaration of the results, probably reflecting protests in several major cities following the unexpected Trump victory).

Keywords:   American electoral process, elections, electoral integrity, electoral performance

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