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As Election Day closes in, uncertainty and concern about potential chaos – from violence at polling sites to candidates refusing to accept defeat – continue to rise.

Problems that have historically plagued the U.S. electoral and political system, like voter intimidation, are cropping up ahead of the midterms. But so too are less familiar issues, like how previously run-of-the-mill state election positions are becoming opportunities for political activism.

Mary HeldHere are seven key issues that affect the midterm elections, drawn from stories in The Conversation’s archive, including one from Mary Lehman Held, an associate professor of social work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Read the full article.

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