Take note: Primary election season begins Tuesday

| 7/25/2008

Truckers out on the road across the country should take note of the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in several states in the coming days.

Oklahoma’s primary election is set for Tuesday, July 29. The following week, on Aug. 5, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri will have primaries, while Tennessee voters will head to the voting booth Aug. 7.

One week later, on Aug. 12, voters in Colorado, Connecticut and Nevada can cast ballots. Later in the month, voters in Alaska, Florida, Washington and Wyoming can cast ballots. In September, 11 more states will do the same.

With the exception of Connecticut and Washington, 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 Election Day in November.

Connecticut residents must complete their registration by noon the day before the primary. In Washington, residents must register in person at their county elections department no later than 15 days before the election.

Leaders with the Owner-Operators independent Drivers Association are encouraging professional drivers who are registered to make the effort to cast ballots. Although primary elections don’t receive the same attention as the fall general election, they can be just as, if not more, important.

Races for various elected offices will be trimmed in the primaries. A variety of other issues, and many that are of significance to the trucking industry, also will be on primary 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 1-800-444-5791.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor