We are a Banana Republic

North Carolina is no longer classified as a 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.

While we look at Russian hacking, we take our eye off the ball here in the US. While Russian propaganda played a part in our last election, the GOP war on voters played a bigger part. In states like North Carolina and Wisconsin lawmakers made it their goal to stop people of color, young people, and other more liberal leaning voters from actually voting.

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