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Free and Fair Elections

 

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States.”

Amendment 15

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Active Indicators

Active Indicators Over Time

Current status of free and fair elections indicators

weighted authoritarian value of active free and fair elections indicators, over time

 

about this category

Free and Fair Elections are essential to American democracy: only our citizens should get to choose our leaders, and they need to be able to do so without interference from or discrimination by those who are already in power.

There are 34 indicators for Free and Fair Elections. Each indicator has a severity level on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being less severe and 5 being the most severe. We rate activity on each indicator along a scale of 1-10, with 1 being slightly active and 10 being fully active. Updates are made monthly.

The donut graph on the left shows how many indicators are currently active for Free and Fair Elections. The bar graph on the right shows the “weighted authoritarian value” for Free and Fair Elections at a given moment—that is, a value that reflects the active indicators multiplied by their severity ranking. You can see the status and severity of each indicator (along with relevant news articles) in the table below, as well as the 90-day trend: if the indicator has recently become active, there's a warning symbol, but if it has become inactive, there's a forward-pointing green arrow instead.

 

 

INDICATOR

ACTivity

SEVERITY (1-5)

90 DAY TREND




Congress passes new laws reducing voter eligibility.

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5

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Campaign finance laws and FEC regulations changed to decrease transparency

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5

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State by State - time for voting on election day reduced, including a reduction in timeframe or eligibility for early voting.

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4

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State by State - rescinding laws or regulations that require employers to allow voters time off from work in order to vote.

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3

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Losing candidates does not abide by election results.

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5

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Formerly state-level election administrative bodies come under control of Federal government.

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5

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Restrictions placed on independent observers and media observing election day activities.

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4

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Unqualified or explicitly partisan election observers allowed to provide oversight on election day.

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4

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Election bodies' become less transparent.

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4

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Elections delayed or suspended altogether.

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4

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Legal remedies for contested elections are eliminated or significantly reduced.

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5

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Party candidates for public office are deregistered ahead of election.

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5

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Party candidates for national-level office are killed or incapacitated by political opponents or allies of political opponents.

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5

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Party candidates for public office face violence from protestors.

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5

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