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7/26/2012
Election 2012: Primary elections upcoming in 20 states
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

Truckers out on the road across the country should keep an eye on the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in 20 states in the coming weeks as voters will narrow down their options for who will appear on fall ballots.

Already, 30 states have held primary elections as they reduce the field for Nov. 6. On Tuesday, July 31, Georgia will be the next state on the list to let voters cast ballots. Another 14 states will hold elections before the end of August. Five states wait until September to set their presidential ballot.

Two days after Georgia holds its primary election, voters in Tennessee will head to the ballot box Aug. 2 to cast ballots for federal and state offices. On Aug. 7, voters in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington will hold primaries. The following week, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin will hold primaries.

Later in the month, voters in Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming can cast ballots. In September, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Wisconsin will do the same.

With the exception of Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wisconsin, truckers who have yet to register to vote in their home state won’t be able to turn in the appropriate paperwork in time for the August primaries, but there is still time to get registered for the presidential election.

Truckers who are registered to vote should make the effort to cast their ballots this summer. Although primary elections typically don’t receive the same attention as the fall election, they can be just as, if not more, important.

Races for various elected offices will be trimmed in the lead up to November. A variety of other issues, and many that are of significance to the trucking industry, also will be on ballots.

To encourage truckers to get involved in the process, OOIDA is once again focused on providing truckers with information on how to register in all 50 states and on early voting and absentee ballots – where available.

Visit TruckVote.com for more information. Those truckers who do not have Web access – or those who have questions or need assistance – can call the OOIDA Membership Department at 800-444-5791, ext. 4906.

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