The PJ Tatler

Pew Charitable Trusts Study: Yeah, Voting Is Kind Of A Hot Mess


The flaws in the American election system are deep and widespread, extending beyond isolated voting issues in a few locations and flaring up in states rich and poor, according to a major new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The group ranked all 50 states based on more than 15 criteria, including wait times, lost votes and problems with absentee and provisional ballots, and the order often confounds the conventional wisdom.

In 2010, for instance, Mississippi ranked last over all. But it was preceded by two surprises: New York and California.

I’ve been playing around with the interactive tool developed by Pew for a little while now, trying to figure out exactly what I agree and disagree with. It’s one of those political data nerd things that, at the very least, provides something more than just anecdotal information on a subject almost everyone seems to have complaints about.