The Heritage Foundation Releases "Election Integrity Scorecard"

On Tuesday, The Heritage Foundation launched its Election Integrity Scorecard, "an interactive tool that allows users to quickly and easily assess the status of state election fairness and security."

Real Clear Politics explained how the scorecard works:

Lawmakers and voters can see how Heritage ranks each state by hovering their mouse over an interactive color-coded map of the United States. They have lit up the entire country with reds, yellows, and greens to easily indicate which states have done the best to live up to the Heritage standard of running an election. . .

Heritage assigned those grades out of a possible perfect score of 100 according to a dozen categories, each weighted differently, from implementation of voter ID requirements and maintenance of voter registration rolls to prohibition of private election funding to access for election observers.

The colored cubes are just the front end of a year’s worth of research, and the think tank hopes users will click and expand to see where individual states excel and underachieve. Elected officials will no doubt soon hear about their scores from dedicated conservative activists. Election officials, however, should not be surprised by their grades.

It comes as no surprise that Georgia takes the number one spot on the scorecard for the best overall election integrity laws in the country.

Joining Georgia with the best election integrity laws in the country are Alabama (2), Tennessee (3), Arkansas (4-tie), Florida (4 -tie), Texas (6), Louisiana (7), South Carolina (8-tie), Wisconsin (8-tie), Kansas (10-tie), and Missouri (10-tie).

Whereas, the worst states were Utah (41), New York (42), Massachusetts (43-tie), Nebraska (43-tie), New Jersey (45-tie), Washington(45-tie), Vermont (47), Oregon (48), California (49), Nevada (50), and Hawaii (51).

The scores for each individual state can be viewed here.

The tool also allows scores of two states to be compared to each other.

We applaud our friends at The Heritage Foundation for the great work they are doing on election issues. The Election Integrity Scorecard will no doubt serve as an invaluable resource as we head into the 2022 midterm elections.