Each state’s ranking is based on multiple factors under each of the categories of Accessibility of the Ballot, Representation in Government and Influence in the Political System. Click the individual factors for a detailed comparison of states based on that particular policy area.
Every state including Pennsylvania has room to improve across a number of areas, especially those for which it is among the lowest performing in the nation. The Center for American Progress Action Fund has made a series of policy recommendations to improve the health of state democracies based on the findings of this report. A summary of these recommendations is listed below; click here to view the policy recommendations page for a more in-depth description.
Provide preregistration to 16 and 17 year olds
Provide online voter registration
Provide same-day voter registration
End Participation in the Crosscheck program
Better integrate voter registration opportunities into transactions at state Motor Vehicle Departments and other public agencies.
Expand in-person early voting, including evening and weekend hours
Provide no-fault absentee voting
Eliminate voter ID laws
Re-enfranchise ex-offenders after they have served their prison sentences
Allow citizen ballot initiatives
Create fair district maps
Create sustainable public campaign finance options
Set appropriate campaign contribution limits
Strengthen disclosure laws
Require a broad, two-year cooling off period for former elected officials
Provide complete, accessible information to “empower the public’s use of government-held data.”
Strengthen judicial recusal laws