A Study with No Legs

Like many of you, I saw the Op Ed several days ago in the News & Observer on the research study that claimed North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article122593759.html#storylink=cpy
Among other things it claimed that "North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone."
But knowing from the beginning it was only a politically motivated stunt to convince people that North Carolina is not only on the wrong track but has disregard for freedom and democratic principles, I kept my eye out for pieces refuting the less than scientific results this so called study found.
And I found quite a bit:
The Bad Research Behind the Bogus Claim That North Carolina Is No Longer a Democracy
By Andrew Gelman
SLATE
North Carolina’s Iron Curtain
Opinion
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Study claiming North Carolina isn't a democracy is dangerous and ridiculous
By T Beckett Adams
WASINGTON EXAMINER
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/study-claiming-north-carolina-isnt-a-democracy-is-dangerous-and-ridiculous/article/2610759
Harvard Project Ranks No. Carolina ‘Alongside Iran & Venezuela’ in Electoral Integrity
By Barbara Hollingsworth
CNS NEWS
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/harvard-electoral-integrity-project-ranks-no-carolina-ranks
Democrats are Crying Wolf in North Carolina
David French
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
‘Gullible News’ Is a Worse Problem than Fake News
By David French
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443519/gullible-news-worse-problem-fake-news

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