By Keith Goble
state legislative editor
As we approach a historic election, voters are being given the opportunity to set the course of our national, state and local governments for the next four to eight years, and beyond. The nation is at a crossroads, and it is not unforeseeable that one vote could go a long way in determining the course.
Sixty years ago, President Harry S. Truman was seeking re-election in a hotly contested race with Thomas Dewey. As the hours ticked by on Election Day 1948 the margin between the two candidates remained tight.
By sunrise the following day, Truman had emerged victorious by a slim margin. If Dewey had received one more vote per precinct in Ohio and California, he would have won the presidency.
Amazingly, that race is only one example of countless close elections that are commonplace at all levels of the American election process.
With this year’s presidential election only weeks away, OOIDA is focused on providing truckers with information on how to register to vote, early voting, absentee ballots, and deadlines for registering in all 50 states.
It is vital that professional drivers and their families use the information to take advantage of opportunities to have a say in who’s representing them and what efforts they support or reject.
On Nov. 4, voters across the country will cast ballots in elections with many important races and issues.
At the federal level, all 435 of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election, while 35 – about one-third – of the U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs.
At the state level, 11 governors’ seats are on ballots, while 80 percent of the almost 7,400 state legislators’ positions across America are on ballots.
The only states that do not have any state legislative seats up for bid are Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. In addition to the presidential and federal races, ballots in these six states will focus on local offices and initiatives.
While elected officials are hammering the airwaves and stuffing mailboxes with their election season messages in hopes of swaying voters, those savvy to the practice will instead remember the elected officials’ full bodies of work. Past actions of politicians can help voters determine whether the pressure of running for re-election might be causing them to seemingly change their way of thinking.
Voters who are interested in brushing up on trucking-related issues that have been brought before lawmakers in their home states can visit ooida.com or landlinemag.com and click on “Legislative Watch.”
The Legislative Watch section also provides an archive that allows you to review noteworthy bills from the past few years. LL
Land Line’s annual TruckVote special section is written by State Legislative Editor Keith Goble. Keith may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.