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Election 2012: Primary elections season continues
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

Truckers on the job across the country should take note of the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in 10 states in the coming weeks as voters decide on ballot issues and narrow down their options for who will appear on fall ballots.

Already, 41 states have held primary elections as they reduce the field for the Nov. 6 presidential election. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, Wyoming will be the next state on the list to let voters cast ballots.

The following week voters in Alaska, Arizona and Vermont can make their voices heard on ballot questions and elected officials.

Once the calendar turns to September six more states will hold their primaries.

Massachusetts voters will head to the voting booth on Sept. 6. Voters in Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Wisconsin will do the same on Sept. 11. The primary season wraps up Sept. 13 when voters in New York can cast ballots.

With the exception of New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming 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 their state’s primary, but there still is time to get registered for the presidential election.

Voters in Massachusetts have until the end of this week to beat the registration deadline for the Sept. 6 primary.

Truckers who are registered to vote should make the effort to cast their ballots. Although primary elections generally 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, including 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.

For more 2012 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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