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Harvard Professor: U.S. Ranks Last In Terms Of Free And Fair Elections

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Harvard Professor Pippa Norris asserts that U.S. elections rank last among all Western nations based on the data.

Harvard Professor Pippa Norris asserts that U.S. elections rank last among all Western nations based on the data available according to the Election Integrity Project.

if we just compare a range of 28 liberal democracies, the V-Dem figures (V-Dem is a data-set researchers are using to study global democracy) above confirm the basic argument which EIP has made consistently for many years: US election rank poorly compared with equivalent Western societies.The United States is clearly an exception.

The United States displays the worst performance among all Western democracies.

In the V-Dem data (V-Dem is a data-set researchers are using to study global democracy), out of 161 countries worldwide with all sorts of regimes, US elections ranks 46th. As shown in Figure 2, the US is similar to the position of Indonesia, Lithuania and Bulgaria, and well below many newer democracies such as Chile (ranked 5th), the Czech Republic (ranked 13th), and Estonia (ranked 25th). By contrast, Germany, the UK, and Norway top the list as best electoral performers. Again confirming the EIP results, in terms of free and fair elections, the United States again displayed the worst performance among all Western democracies.

Ever since election 2000, the experts have scrutinized U.S. elections more so than ever before.

To close observers, however, this global ranking is far from a surprise. Ever since Florida in 2000, the quality of how US elections are administered have been subject to far closer scrutiny, with growing partisan polarization over basic electoral procedures and rights. Let’s agree that there are problems and get on with the task of fixing them.

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