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Minnesota Majority, one of the groups behind the anti-voter fraud initiative in the state called "Election Integrity Watch," told supporters in an e-mail last night to go ahead and wear their "Please I.D. Me" buttons and Tea Party apparel to the polls today despite a federal judge's ruling yesterday that such items would interfere with the elections process.

The e-mail said that anti-voter fraud advocates will "have a decision to make" if an election judge questions the items they are wearing. "You can simply remove or cover the challenged item and you'll be allowed to vote, or you can refuse and demand your right to vote and the election judge will allow you to vote, while also recording your name and you could be charged with a petty misdemeanor," says the e-mail.

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Allies of the Democratic Party "have shown a willingness to commit fraud across the country, in both this election cycle and recent years," the campaign of Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott said Monday in announcing his campaign's "Honest Voter Hotline." Voters are encouraged to "report any instances of irregularities at the polls, including voter fraud, intimidation, violence and electioneering."

Rob Jakubik, a Scott spokesman, said in the statement that, given the tightness of the polls, "all examples of fraud must be addressed to preserve the integrity of the election." But a spokesman for the campaign told TPMMuckraker they haven't had any indications of voter fraud so far.

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When voters head to the polls Tuesday, many won't just be voting for senators, congressman, governors and all sorts of local officials. They'll also have the opportunity to change their state laws in a more direct, populist way: by ballot measure. Over half the states have propositions on the ballot and TPM has collected some of the most important, fascinating, and controversial questions voters will get the chance to answer for themselves in the voting booth.

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The Justice Department warned World Wrestling Entertainment that it will not look kindly on the pro wrestling company distributing free merchandise near polling places in Connecticut -- where its co-founder is on the ballot for U.S. Senator.

WWE "might be operating in ignorance of applicable federal criminal law" wrote Richard C. Pilger, Director of DOJ's Election Crimes Branch in a letter (PDF) to the WWE. The letter explained that federal law -- specifically section 1973i(c) of Title 42 of the United States Code -- "makes it a federal offense to pay or offer to pay an individual a thing of value for voting."

"Please note the Department's understanding that this statute prohibits a person from providing a thing of value - such as clothing - in return for an individual's participation in the voting process," Pilger wrote.

Vince McMahon, the husband of Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, didn't take too kindly to the warning.

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The New Hampshire Democrats this afternoon lost phone service at their local campaign offices in 11 towns, prompting them to notify the state attorney general and put out a press release.

The cause of the outage was not known as of Monday evening. The Democrats said they took the precaution of notifying authorities based on what happened in 2002, when the state Republican Party purposely jammed the Dems' phones in order to sabotage their get out the vote effort. The scheme eventually ended in the criminal convictions of the party's executive director and a political consultant.

There's no sign of nefarious activity yet. A spokesman for the Republican Party said they were also experiencing phone outages at several of their phone banks.

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Heh, this is funny. It is now being alleged that one of the Sharron Angle campaign's efforts to attack Harry Reid for being soft on illegal immigration was itself... illegal!

As the Huffington Post reports, the Hasbro corporation, which owns the "Monopoly" game, has sent Team Angle a cease-and-desist letter over their website "Harry Reid's Amnesty Game," which uses Monopoly imagery and touts itself as being "fun for the whole illegal family":

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the military can continue enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, while the government appeals a decision by a lower court that the policy is unconstitutional.

Today's decision extends a temporary emergency stay the court granted on Oct. 20, which froze an injunction, issued by circuit court Judge Virginia Philips, against the military enforcing DADT.

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As we told you last week, the question of whether Iowa will retain or fire three of its Supreme Court justices has drawn hundreds of thousands of dollars from third-party groups. The Des Moines Register is now out with a poll that shows Iowans are still split on the question, with a slight edge to those who would throw the judges out.

According to the poll, 37% of likely voters said they'd vote to remove the three justices. Another 34% said they'd vote to retain them, and 10% said they'd remove at least one.

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As we head into Election Day, one thing is clear for Senate Democrats: It's going to be bad. Seriously. There's no going anywhere but down. But how far down?

It's unlikely that Democrats will manage to lose their majority outright, since they're starting at the high mark of 59 seats. But things sure look rough. Open seats in Indiana and North Dakota seem to be gone already, along with incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. Republican seats that seemed like potential Dem pickups much earlier in the cycle -- North Carolina and open seats in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Ohio -- are clearly out of reach.

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The few bright spots for Democrats are open seats in Connecticut and Delaware, where very weak Republican candidates Linda McMahon and Christine O'Donnell have spared the Dems from total humiliation. So with that in mind, let's take a look at some other key races to watch tomorrow.

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