Election 2016: Primary elections season is here

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

Truckers out on the road across the country should keep an eye on the calendar. Primary elections are scheduled in states all over the map in the coming weeks.

These primaries will be used by political parties throughout the country to determine which candidates will go on the general election ballot on Nov. 8.

Voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas will cast primary ballots in March for state offices.

In April, voters will cast ballots in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

In May, voters in seven more states - Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oregon and West Virginia - can cast ballots for state lawmakers.

States holding primaries in June are as follows: California, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

There are no state primaries scheduled for July.

Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming will hold state primaries in August.

Voters in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island will follow suit in September.

Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia do not have state primaries in 2016.

Truckers who are registered to vote should make the effort to cast their ballots. 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 are of significance to the trucking industry, 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 FightingForTruckers.com for information on steps to registering to vote. 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. LL

(Editor's note: See this issue's Grassroots Guide starting on page 46 for more information.)