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

Pippa Norris


The flaws in the American electoral process have become increasingly apparent in recent years. The contemporary tipping point in public awareness occurred during the 2000 election count, and concern deepened due to several major problems observed in the 2016 campaign, worsening party polarization, and corroding public trust in the legitimacy of the outcome. To gather evidence about the quality of elections around the world, in 2012 the Electoral Integrity Project was established as an independent research project based at Harvard and Sydney universities. The results show that experts rated Ame ... More

Keywords: American elections, electoral process, Electoral Integrity Project, liberal democracy, voting procedure, election hacking, cyber-security, electoral integrity, voter turnout

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501713408
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501713408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pippa Norris, author
Harvard University