ELECTION 2014: As November ballots take shape, it's time to prepare

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Friday, August 22, 2014

The path to Election Day 2014 is nearing the homestretch. In about 10 weeks most voters will head to the polling place to cast their ballots on a variety of races and issues – others will vote before Nov. 4.

Already, 42 states have held primary elections as they reduce the field for the midterm election ballot. On Tuesday Aug. 26, Arizona, Florida and Vermont will be the next states to let voters cast primary ballots.

Two weeks later, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island will wrap up the primary cycle on Sept. 9. Louisiana voters cast their primary ballots on Nov. 4.

Truckers and others from New Hampshire who have yet to register to vote in their home state can still turn in the appropriate paperwork in time for their primary. Registration by mail must be received 10 days before the election. New Hampshire voters can also register in person on Election Day.

All other truckers can still register to vote for the Nov. 4 election.

The cycle is coming to a close five months after it began with Illinois voters choosing who they want to see on their fall ballots.

With candidates in each state almost set and ballot issues being finalized, it is time for truckers and other voters to take steps to make sure their voice will be heard this November.

Casting a ballot is a pretty simple process. All states allow advance voting. It is an ideal setup for over-the-road drivers. Some states allow mail-in ballots, commonly referred to as absentee ballots. Other states allow voting in person at locations leading up to Election Day. This is known as early voting. Elsewhere, some states conduct elections by mail. Your local elections office or secretary of state’s office should have details.

Registration deadlines vary from state to state with some registration periods ending a month prior to Election Day. If unregistered voters want to make sure they have a say in the outcomes of issues and races this fall there is still time to register, but you need to act quickly.

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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