ELECTION 2016: Registration deadlines loom for fall vote

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 7/15/2016

With Election Day less than four months away, it is time to act to ensure your voice is heard. The first round of state registration deadlines is approaching.


For most states, you can register to vote in person or online. Depending on your state, you may be able to print your registration form from a website or pick one up in person from the DMV, local board of elections office, post office, library or other locations designated by state officials.

About three-fourths of all states either use or are in the process of taking advantage of the internet to simplify the voter registration process.

After submitting your registration form, your state will provide details about your polling place. Some states will send a voter registration ID card, which you may be required to show at the polls. Other states require a photo ID when voting.

Many states also offer advance voting, voting by mail and absentee voting – making it possible for truckers to make their voices heard no matter where they happen to be on Election Day.

Any time you move – even across the street – you must reregister. The exception is North Dakota, where no registration is required. It is worth noting that P.O. boxes are not acceptable to establish residency.

If you registered in the past, but haven’t voted for a few years, contact your local election office before the deadline to make sure your registration is still active.

To register, visit VoteSmart.org and select your home state in the drop down menu. Those truckers who do not have web access – or those who have questions or need assistance – can call the OOIDA Membership Department at 800-444-5791.

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