McCourtney Institute announces 2016 Brown Democracy Medal winner
May 05, 2016
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State is pleased to announce that the Electoral Integrity Project has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Brown Democracy Medal.
The Electoral Integrity Project has established a set of criteria with which to evaluate the integrity of elections. Employing scholars and observers, both international and domestic, it shows precisely where a nation is falling short of international standards, and what it needs to do to improve its elections, and thereby its democracy.
There were three finalists this year for the Brown Medal. In addition to the EIP, the other finalists were the Accountability Lab and the Public Mapping Project. The Accountability Lab works primarily in fledgling democracies, engaging young people and helping them develop ways to hold those in power accountable. The Public Mapping Project has developed open source software that allows anyone to take on the problem of redistricting at virtually any level of government (city, county or state).