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Delaware's election system ranked among top in nation

Delaware Public Media


New data from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Delaware has one of the best functioning election systems in the nation.

Delaware ranked 7th nationwide in Pew’s Election Performance Index, or EPI.

The state performed well in voter registrations (14th), but poorly in the number of military and overseas ballots returned (37th).  

“Military and overseas ballots is an area of voting that almost every state struggles with, so the biggest place where the state can grow is in military and overseas voters," according to Charles Stewart, a professor of political science at MIT who developed the Election Performance Index with Pew.  

Besides registration, Delaware scored well in the amount of rejected vote-by-mail ballots (4th) and the time a person waits to vote (18th), which is 2.7 minutes.

The state ranked poorly in its accessibility for disabled voters (39th) and in voter turnout (37th).  

Pew's rankings are based on data from the 2014 midterm general election.