ELECTION 2014: Primary elections upcoming in 19 states

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 7/25/2014

Truckers out on the road across the country should keep an eye on the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in 19 states in the coming weeks when voters will narrow down their options for who will appear on fall ballots.

Already, 31 states have held primary elections as they reduce the field for Nov. 4. By the end of the first full week of August five states will let voters cast ballots. Another nine states will hold elections before the end of August. Four states wait until September to set their midterm ballot while Louisiana will hold out until Nov. 4 before finalizing what’s on the state’s Dec. 6 statewide ballot.

On Aug. 5, voters in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington will cast ballots for federal and state offices. Tennessee voters will follow suit two days later on Aug. 7. During the next week voters in Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota and Wisconsin will get their say.

Later in the month, voters in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Vermont and Wyoming can cast ballots. Primary season wraps up in September as Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island voters do the same.

With the exception of Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee, truckers who have yet to register to vote in their home state can still turn in the appropriate paperwork in time for the August primaries. Truckers residing in any of the five states above still have time to get registered for the midterm election.

Professional drivers who are registered to vote should make the effort to cast their ballots this summer. Although primary elections typically 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 can affect your trucking business, also will be on 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. Truckers who have questions or who need assistance can call the OOIDA Membership Department at 800-444-5791, Ext. 4906.

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