Primary election season begins this week

| 7/31/2006

Truckers out on the road across the country should take note of the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in several states around the country beginning this week.

Kansas will hold its primary election Tuesday, Aug. 1, while Tennessee voters will head to the voting booth Thursday, Aug. 3.

The following week, on Aug. 8, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan and Missouri will have primary elections. Later in the month, voters in Nevada, Alaska and Wyoming can cast ballots. In September, 13 more states will do the same.

Truckers who have yet to register to vote in their home state likely 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 the November elections.

Professional drivers who are registered to vote should make the effort to cast their ballots. While primary elections don’t get the same attention as the fall elections 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, 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, early voting and absentee ballots – where available.

Visit 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, Ext. 4906.

It is vital that professional drivers and their families take advantage of opportunities to have a say in who’s representing them and what efforts they support or reject.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor