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    North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    In 2005, in the midst of a career of traveling around the world to help set up elections in some of the most challenging places on earth – Afghanistan, Burma, Egypt, Lebanon, South Africa, Sudan and Yemen, among others – my Danish colleague, Jorgen Elklit, and I designed the first comprehensive method for evaluating the quality of elections around the world. Our system measured 50 moving parts of an election process and covered everything from the legal framework to the polling day and counting of ballots.
    In 2012 Elklit and I worked with Pippa Norris of Harvard University, who used the system as the cornerstone of the Electoral Integrity Project. Since then the EIP has measured 213 elections in 153 countries and is widely agreed to be the most accurate method for evaluating how free and fair and democratic elections are across time and place.

    When we evolved the project I could never imagine that as we enter 2017, my state, North Carolina, would perform so badly on this, and other, measures that we are no longer considered to be a fully functioning democracy.


    In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.
    [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Lyon]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.
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    North Carolina is the GOP's dream. Undermine the powers of the democratically elected governor, gerrymander the state congressional districts to a point where most of them are not even competitive, and ignore the voice of the people. North Carolina is essentially on its way to becoming a one party state where democratic values are
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    I read this piece a few days ago. I get what he is saying BUT I think this is exactly what democracy looks like. 50%+1 wins. They make the rules and the minority be damned. People who want to abolish the electoral college should use NC as a case study and figure out why it would be a bad idea.
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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    I read this piece a few days ago. I get what he is saying BUT I think this is exactly what democracy looks like. 50%+1 wins. They make the rules and the minority be damned. People who want to abolish the electoral college should use NC as a case study and figure out why it would be a bad idea.
    Taking punitive actions to undermine the results of an election or when the democratic environment is not fair is not how a free and fair democracy operates.
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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    North Carolina is the GOP's dream. Undermine the powers of the democratically elected governor, gerrymander the state congressional districts to a point where most of them are not even competitive, and ignore the voice of the people. North Carolina is essentially on its way to becoming a one party state where democratic values are
    Were you this concerned about democracy when it was Chavez doing this sort of thing (and worse)?

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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Taking punitive actions to undermine the results of an election or when the democratic environment is not fair is not how a free and fair democracy operates.
    Democracy is never fair unless you are in the majority.
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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Taking punitive actions to undermine the results of an election or when the democratic environment is not fair is not how a free and fair democracy operates.
    Like Stein and Clinton.
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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Like Stein and Clinton.
    like the worst gerrymandered map in the USA
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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    Were you this concerned about democracy when it was Chavez doing this sort of thing (and worse)?
    Why bring up someone from another country?

    Are GOPosters that desperate to defend the rightist actions of NC's legislature?

    Another good reason for the 17th amendment .
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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    North Carolina hasn't been a democracy for a while...
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    Re: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    like the worst gerrymandered map in the USA
    Stein didn't like the election outcome either.
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