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|Meet Day||M/W||4:10 PM - 5:30 PM||L332|
When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity? When do they fail to do so? And what can be done to mitigate these challenges? Electoral integrity reflects shared international principles and procedures of democratic elections which apply universally at any stage during the electoral cycle in electoral autocracies, transitional democracies, and established democracies. Violations include unfair restrictions on opposition parties, pro-government media bias, imbalanced campaign finance, irregularities in voter registration, and vote-rigging at the count. These violations potentially damage legitimacy, limit electoral competition, and occasionally trigger violence and regime change. This new course compares these challenges worldwide, analyzes their consequences, and determines what can be done to overcome these problems.