ELECTION 2016: More states prepare for primary elections

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 8/10/2016

The path to Election Day 2016 is nearing the homestretch. In about 12 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. 8.

Already, 39 states have held primary elections as they reduce the field for the presidential election ballot. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Hawaii voters will cast primary ballots. Three days later on Tuesday, Aug. 16, voters in Alaska and Wyoming will make their voices heard.

Two weeks later on Aug. 30, Arizona and Florida voters will cast ballots. The following week, voters in Massachusetts will get their turn on Sept. 8. Delaware, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island will wrap up the primary cycle on Sept. 13. Louisiana voters cast their primary ballots on Nov. 8.

Truckers and others from Delaware, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island who have yet to register to vote in their home state can still turn in the appropriate paperwork in time for their primary.

Rhode Island residents must act quickly. The deadline to turn in paperwork is this Friday, Aug. 12. Residents in Delaware and New York have until Aug. 19 to act.

New Hampshire residents must turn in registration by mail at least 10 days before the Sept. 13 election. New Hampshire and Wyoming voters can also register in person on Election Day.

All truckers can still register to vote for the Nov. 8 election.

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. Truckers who have questions or need assistance can call the OOIDA Membership Department at 800-444-5791.

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