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December 21, 2014

Mississippi Has The Worst Elections

 Mississippi Has The Worst Elections

National Journal looks at the latest Pew Elections Performance Index — “based on 17 factors (some of which include voting-wait time, turnout, registration rate, the robustness of the state’s election data, availability of online voting information, and use of provisional ballots)… Taken together, they provide a ground to compare states, which have varying election laws and practices.”

“The average score of all states increased from 2008 to 2012, and voting-wait times nationally actually decreased by about three minutes. But Mississippi had the lowest EPI average in all three years measured by the index: 2008, 2010, and 2012.”

  • Richard Winger

    This is very unfair, because the Pew Center didn’t look at some aspects of election law in which Mississippi is one of the best states in the nation. Pew didn’t look at how each state treats independent candidates and minor parties. Mississippi is excellent in that area of the law, whereas its neighbor Alabama is very bad.

    • Siegfried Heydrich

      In other words, they loves their crazies . . .

  • inIA2010

    So it’s unfair because it didn’t look at aspects that someone else thinks it should?
    If an index is evaluating ‘performance’, that description alone would indicate it’s not assessing the election laws/regs in the state, but how elections are held and how voting is conducted and even possibly how well election laws are enforced. Simply saying a state has better election laws doesn’t mean much if they aren’t enforced.

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