ELECTION 2014: Primary elections season continues

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 8/11/2014

Primary elections are scheduled in eight states before the end of August as voters decide on ballot issues and narrow down their options for who will appear on fall ballots.

Already, 37 states have held primary elections as they reduce the field for the Nov. 4 midterm election. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, voters in Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin will get their say.

The following week voters in Alaska and Wyoming are on the list to cast ballots. To wrap up the month, voters in Arizona, Florida and Vermont can make their voices heard on ballot questions and elected officials.

Once the calendar turns to September four more states will hold their primaries.

Voters in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island head to the voting booth on Sept. 9. Louisiana voters will wrap up the primary season on Nov. 4.

Truckers and others from Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont who have yet to register to vote in their home state can still turn in the appropriate paperwork in time for their primary. Voters in Delaware have until the end of this week to beat the registration deadline for the Sept. 9 primary.

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 need assistance can call the OOIDA Membership Department at 800-444-5791.

For more 2014 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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