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Storming State Capitols

Voting rights, election integrity, and voter confidence in 2022

A project by the Democracy Initiative Education Fund
April 2022

Not long ago, the integrity of U.S. federal, state, and local elections was taken for granted. Sadly, this is no longer the case.

More than a year after failed attempt to violently overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, manufactured controversies about non-existent voter fraud have led to persistent and damaging attacks on voting rights in multiple states. In addition, thirteen state legislatures have passed laws which could allow politicians to overturn the preference of voters in future elections.

Storming State Capitols is a report from The Democracy Initiative Education Fund (DIEF), which supports a coalition of 75 civil rights, environmental, labor, and civic organizations. Due to a failure to fix or nix outdated Senate filibuster rules, crucial federal legislation that would set uniform national voting standards did not pass in 2022.

So we assessed the current landscape for elections and voting rights in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here’s what we found.

For this project, we asked a simple question: How confident will voters be in their state’s election processes in 2022?

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Overview

We created a unique 10-index compendium to evaluate key elements of the electoral process in each state and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about the 10 index criteria used to assign overall scores, click the Index Icons.

To see how each state scored, use the State Score Navigation or scroll down to see them ranked from #1 – #51.

Voter Confidence Indexes

State Score Navigation

Countrywide Overview: Ranks and Overall Scores

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