The USA midterm elections (halfway between presidential elections) will be next Tuesday. We will elect 1/3 of the Senate and all of the House of Representatives, the two houses of our federal legislature. Additionally, there will be many state and local elections. Although voter turn-out is lower in midterm elections, there are several hotly contested races that will attract more voters. It will be possible for the legislature to flip from Republican to Democratic control (our main political parties). If so, this will weaken the power of the current Republican President since it will be harder for him to get legislative approval for his programs.
We have many types of voting, from paper ballots to touch screen monitors. I will mark a paper ballot (PDF file) that will be read electronically. We will be able to see the results of most of the elections on television on Tuesday evening, and most will be decided without protest. A few will require closer inspection and possibly court decisions, but it is rare for an election to be overturned and often these lead to criminal charges.
I am fairly confident that the elections will be counted correctly, but not surprised at claims of inaccuracies or fraud. There have always been corrupt politicians and always will be. Poll watchers and media attention help keep problems to a low level. My main complaint is that we usually vote against the worse candidate rather than for a better one.
How and when will you be voting?