I got this from one of the progressive mailing lists (yes, I’m on a couple of them), and thought it was worth mentioning:
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.
As I understand things, “close to the election” means within 90 days. I hadn’t heard that Oklahoma was running a purge around now they might be swapping lists with other states to clean up the database, maybe, and according to Michael Clingman at the State Election Board, they purge in off-years but it’s still not a bad idea to check your registration, just in case, simply because every system has bugs, flaws and holes.
Also in the mailing comes the suggestion that you avoid straight-party voting, as follows:
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.
An example may be seen here. Under the circumstances, I have to agree: mark each race separately.
(Thanks to Rena.)