The Electoral Integrity Project’s (EIP) 2015 Year in Elections report is an independent research project by 2,000 election experts from Harvard University and the University of Sydney in Australia, assembled to examine the world’s elections.
40 experts were asked to assess each election by answering 49 questions. The overall 100-point Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI) index is constructed by summing up the responses.
According to the EIP, United States elections scored lower than Argentina, South Africa, Tunisia, and Rwanda — and strikingly lower than Brazil. Specifically compared to Western democracies, United States elections scored the lowest, slightly worse than the United Kingdom.
The Scandinavian countries of Denmark and Finland topped the list in the West, possessing the best electoral systems. Some observers say the United States should learn how to clean the rot in its electoral system from the Nordic countries’ examples.
In 2016, a study conducted by the Reuters news agency revealed that 51% of United States voters believe the country’s voting system is rigged. The study was conducted via an online poll between the dates of April 21 – 26 and consisted of approximately 2,215 people – 1,582 of which were Americans. According to the results, when presented with the question “Agree or disagree: The current system of presidential primaries and caucuses are ‘rigged’ against some candidates?” 47.5% of people agreed. 23.6% disagreed with the statement and 28.9% were undecided or did not have an opinion for or against. Overall, 51% of American voters, who were prepared to vote in the 2016 general elections, believe that the system as a whole is rigged.
Indeed, there are serious concerns with the United States voting system. Pollsters, academics, some politicians, and the public in general are all complaining about the rigged system. The United States voting system needs to be taken to the laundry for some serious cleaning.