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Election 2012: Use your vote
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

With Election Day fast approaching, it’s important to get registered now. Don’t sell short your ability to effect change. Follow these guidelines and start making a difference.

Deadline to register
Each state has a different deadline for voter registration, but in many states you need to register at least 20 days before heading to the voting booth. This year, Election Day is Nov. 8. Fortunately, registering remains open in every state. But time is running out. Act now to get registered and cast a ballot, whether that is on Election Day or before.

State-by-state registration deadlines can be found here.

Rules for registering
For most states, you can register to vote in person or via mail. Depending on your state, you may be able to print your registration form from a website or pick one up in person from the DMV, local board of elections office, post office, library or other locations designated by state officials.

For more information, contact your state’s election office by phone or online.

A growing number of states also allow residents to register online. In Washington state, registering to vote can even be done via Facebook. Expect to see the list of states offering similar registration opportunities to lengthen for upcoming elections.

Who can vote?
As long as you’re 18 or older, an American citizen, and a resident of the state where you’re planning to register, you have an equal chance to decide who you want to run your country, your state, your region and your town. Certain states also allow felons to cast ballots.

Where to vote
After you’ve sent in your registration form, your state will mail out details about your polling place. Some states will send a voter registration ID card, which you may be required to show at the polls. Other states require a photo ID when voting.

Many states also offer advance voting, voting by mail and absentee voting – making it possible for truckers to make their voices heard no matter where they happen to be on Election Day.

To register, visit TruckVote.com and click on “How to register.”

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