Arizona was ranked worst in the country for electoral integrity in a recent postelection survey of political scientists. The Perceptions of Electoral Integrity survey asked political experts about elections in the states where they live in order to measure their perceptions of how well or poorly their state adhered to international standards of conduct before, during and after an election. Although it measures perceptions of electoral integrity, as opposed to actual electoral integrity itself, the methodology is widely trusted and used to compare electoral performance around the world. The concern is that just the perception of electoral fraud or corruption, even without actual proof of fraud, could lead to a loss of public confidence in the voting process.
After Arizona, the worst states were Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Mississippi. The top-ranked states were Vermont, Idaho, New Hampshire, Iowa and New Mexico.
The survey is conducted by the Electoral Integrity Project, an independent academic project based at Harvard University and the University of Sydney that investigates electoral integrity around the world.
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