Primary elections season concludes this month

| 9/11/2006

Truckers out on the road across the country should take note of the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in several states around the country during the next couple weeks.

Voters will head to the voting booth Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Arizona , Delaware , Maryland , Minnesota , New Hampshire , New York, Rhode Island , Vermont and Wisconsin .

The following week, on Sept. 19, Massachusetts and Washington will hold primaries. Later in the month, voters in Hawaii can cast ballots.

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 September 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