Mayor Mike Bloomberg implements the nation’s first Democracy Index, an idea drawn from the PUP book of the same name

Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced yesterday that New York City will create a Democracy Index “to assess the administration of elections in New York City.” This was announced as part of a larger election reform package. In a press release, Bloomberg’s office credited Heather Gerken, author of The Democracy Index, calling her book “a blueprint for how the United States should spur improvements to its election system by using a ranking system, similar to that utilized by U.S. News & World Report to rank colleges, which would measure the ability of states to efficiently run elections against their peers.”

Over at the Yale Law School web site, Mayor Bloomberg’s program is singled out as “a sensational pilot project.” Gerken further comments, “A New York City Democracy Index will help the City identify problems before they happen and ensure that every New York voter can have confidence in the election system. This first-in-the-nation index is destined to become a national model for other localities and states, and perhaps even the federal government.”


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