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Democracy Index

Democracy Index: Measure of a state’s average ranking in key categories: average margin of victory (measuring overall competitiveness), landslide index (measuring the number of somewhat competitive races), seats-to-votes distortion (measuring how well the intent of voters was reflected by the results), and representation index (weighted double, as it measures both voter participation and the percentage of effective votes that elect someone).

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Ranking

State

Democracy Index

     

1

Washington

7.0

2

Minnesota

9.2

3

Colorado

13.0

4

Wisconsin

13.4

5

Iowa

13.8

5

Maine

13.8

7

Oregon

14.8

8

Delaware

17.2

9

Kentucky

20.6

9

North Dakota

20.6

11

New Mexico

20.8

12

Michigan

21.0

13

Massachusetts

21.8

14

Missouri

22.0

14

Ohio

22.0

16

South Dakota

22.4

17

North Carolina

22.6

18

Pennsylvania

22.8

19

Arizona

23.8

19

Georgia

23.8

21

Maryland

24.2

22

Connecticut

24.4

23

Alabama

24.6

24

Alaska

24.8

24

California

24.8

26

Illinois

25.6

26

Vermont

25.6

28

West Virginia

26.0

28

Wyoming

26.0

30

New Hampshire

26.4

31

Nevada

26.6

32

Rhode Island

26.8

33

Montana

27.4

34

Arkansas

28.8

35

Hawaii

29.4

36

Idaho

29.8

36

New Jersey

29.8

38

Mississippi

30.0

38

South Carolina

30.0

40

Florida

31.2

40

Virginia

31.2

42

Indiana

31.8

43

Kansas

32.8

44

Utah

33.8

45

Louisiana

34.2

46

New York

35.0

47

Nebraska

36.2

48

Tennessee

37.0

49

Texas

37.6

50

Oklahoma

41.2