Even after he won the Electoral College, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed, without any evidence, that voter fraud during the 2016 election cost him the popular vote, with anywhere from 3 to 5 million “illegal” votes cast. Is there any credible support for this claim?
Can states be ranked in electoral integrity? This blog discusses the methods used by the Electoral Integrity Project and presents new evidence that the cross-national estimates it generates display considerable external validity when compared with the results of another independent study, the Varieties of Democracy project based at the University of Gothenburg. In both, well before the 2016 election, it is striking that the US ranks last in the quality of national elections among all Western democracies.
Ever since Bush v. Gore in 2000, the way that American elections are run has become increasingly partisan and contentious. The 2016 elections ratcheted up the record number of complaints by all parties. New evidence from the EIP project compares the performance of U.S. states in the 2016 elections based on the first results of an expert survey.