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Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org We have two important recommendations. Please pass this email on to your distribution lists.

Check your voter registration. For months, we have been recommending that everyone check to make sure they are registered to vote. It has recently come to light that 19 states are not following federal law; they are purging voters close to the election.

These states are: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Masachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington.

But even if you live in some other state, please check your registration status right now if you can. Otherwise, check on Monday. We have created a page to assist you. It's HERE

If you have been wrongly purged from the voter rolls, don't simply register again. Call your county election official to say you were wrongly purged and should be placed back on the rolls. If you do not get satisfaction, contact your state election officials. If you still have problems, let us know.

Don't vote straight-party. Problems abound with straight-party voting on electronic voting machines and on paper ballots. We highly recommend that, if you want to vote for the same party across all races, vote for each individual person separately, and don't mark any "straight-party" choice at all. See today's "Featured" article for a good reason why straight-party voting is not a good idea....

  • Featured - NM: Santa Fe County - Big Presidential Vote Count Error Found and Fixed in New Mexico LINK
  • National: Opinion - Foreclosures and the Right to Vote LINK
  • National: Will Dress Code Affect Your Right To Vote? Battles Over Voter Signups, Residency And Polling Place Etiquette May Block Your Ballot LINK
  • AZ: Pima County - County hopes changes will ease vote count LINK
  • AZ: Pima County Opinion - County audit of primary vote is reassuring Our VIEW: Many problems are identified; officials come up with possible solutions LINK
  • CA: Early voting in Inland area returns LINK
  • FL: Hillsborough County - Voters Register Confusion Over Elections Mailer LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - County asks company to check voting machines LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County voting machines pass another test in disputed election LINK
  • FL: State upset over Pinellas 'no match, no vote' plan LINK
  • IL: Voters To Receive Notice About Misleading Con-Con Ballot Question LINK
  • IN: Hamilton County - County leasing extra voting machines for Election Day Extra machines will be provided; absentee voting encouraged LINK
  • IN: Johnson County - County election officials expect to get even busier LINK
  • MT: Montana GOP promises more voter challenges LINK
  • MT: What to do with challenge letter LINK
  • OH: Elections officials tallying up costs Expected turnout, state mandates will likely cost local governments $1M. LINK
  • OH: Brunner's office trying to make voting easier Residents facing foreclosure might be able to still cast ballot LINK
  • PA: Allegheny County - County says it can't audit voting machines LINK
  • PA: Philadelphia - False Flier Warns of Election Day Arrests in PA African-American Neighborhoods LINK
  • PA: Philadelphia - Vote-scam fliers target black neighborhoods LINK
  • TX: Lubbock County - Highly Anticipated Election Fuels Record Number of Voters To Register LINK
  • Washington DC: Council Grills Elections Board Panel Says It Aims to Provide Glitch-Free General Election LINK
  • **"Daily Voting News" is meant as a comprehensive listing of reports each day concerning issues related to election and voting news around the country regardless of quality or political slant. Therefore, items listed in "Daily Voting News" may not reflect the opinions of VotersUnite.Org or OpEdNews.Com**

     

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