North Carolina is totally flunking Integrity 101.
The Electoral Integrity Project is an independent study by Harvard University and the University of Sydney that grades nations’ election processes to understand what we can learn from and change about them.
Usually they deal with third world countries and emerging governments.
But since the 2016 U.S. election failed its citizens to an unprecedented end, the EIP also graded all 50 states in this year’s study.
Using the same metric, each state was assigned a score on a scale of 1 to 100 in legal framework and voter registration — and unsurprisingly, North Carolina scored a 58, meaning it’ll probably have to go to summer school.
EIP adviser Andrew Reynolds, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said the state’s ranking puts it on par with “authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone.”
In an op-ed with The News & Observer, he wrote:
“If it were a nation-state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.”
While North Carolina isn’t the only state to score poorly overall — Arizona scored a 53 — the Tarheel State received the absolute lowest score ever when it came to “the integrity of the voting district boundaries.”
“Indeed, North Carolina does so poorly on the measures of legal framework and voter registration, that on those indicators we rank alongside Iran and Venezuela. When it comes to the integrity of the voting district boundaries no country has ever received as low a score as the 7/100 North Carolina received. North Carolina is not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting but the worst entity in the world ever analyzed by the Electoral Integrity Project.”
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as NC’s gerrymandering has notoriously disempowered black voters until a court ordered the state to redraw its districts earlier this year.
Also, the Donald Trump-voting state is the only one whose outgoing Republican governor shadily signed a law that strips his Democrat successor powers he himself had in office!
We’d say this failing grade should keep North held back a few years, but that’s exactly what they’re aiming to do — so let’s move it forward instead!