Primary elections season continues in September

| 8/29/2008

Truckers out on the road across the country should take note of the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in 11 states in the next couple of weeks.

Voters in Arizona will head to the voting booth Tuesday, Sept. 2. Later in the week, Louisiana voters can cast ballots Sept. 6.

Registered voters can visit voting booths Sept. 9 in Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. The following week, on Sept. 16, Massachusetts is scheduled to have its primary. The primary season wraps up Sept. 20 when voters in Hawaii can cast ballots.

With the exception of Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin, 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 September primaries, but there still is time to get registered for Election Day in November.

Minnesota and New Hampshire residents can register on Election Day at their policing place. Certain municipalities in Wisconsin don’t require registration to vote. In Vermont, residents have until Sept. 3 to register.

Professional drivers who are registered to vote should make the effort to cast their ballots. Although primary elections don’t receive the same attention as the fall election, 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 and on 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.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor