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Problem Scope

The American two-party system creates incentives to rig the rules of elections and reduce competition. Additionally, many states work to put barriers in the way of voting. These barriers are often justified by invoking concerns about voter fraud. While these fraud claims are typically overblown, election security is a concern that deserves constant vigilance. Finally, the electoral college and other structural factors can lead to imbalanced representation in Congress.

In short, the flaws in our electoral system are largely captured by these four categories:

Gerrymandering and Other Anti-Competitive Rules
Voter Suppression
Election Security
Electoral College and Other Structural Factors

Related Problems: Money in Politics, Income and Wealth Inequality

Contributors: George LinzerMichael Deal, Kyle Mullins

Reviewed by: Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Published: December 5, 2019

Last Updated: June 16, 2021

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