ELECTION 2017: Your vote is your voice. It matters.

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, September 14, 2017

With Election Day less than two months away, it is important to get registered now to ensure your voice is heard this fall on matters largely focused on local issues.

Deadlines for voter registration are all over the map, but in many states you need to register at least 20 days before Election Day, Nov. 7.

For most states, you can register to vote in person or by 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.

After submitting your registration form, your state will provide 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.

Any time you move – even across the street – you must reregister. The exception is North Dakota, where no registration is required. It is worth noting that P.O. boxes are not acceptable to establish residency.

If you registered in the past but haven’t voted for a few years, contact your local election office before the deadline to make sure your registration is still active.

Professional drivers who have not yet registered to vote are encouraged to get involved. Truckers also can call the OOIDA Membership Department at 800-444-5781, Ext. 4906.

For more 2017 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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