'That No. Carolina can no longer call its elections democratic is shocking enough, but our democratic decline goes beyond what happens at election time. The most respected measures of democracy, Freedom House, POLITY and the Varieties of Democracy project, all assess the degree to which the exercise of power depends on the will of the people: That is, governance is not arbitrary and follows established rules based on popular legitimacy. In the just released EIP report, No.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, No. 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.'