Elections offer opportunity

October 2018

Land Line Staff


The midterm elections this fall will not generate as much attention as the presidential election from two years ago, but it is no time to sit one out while you wait for the 2020 elections.

This year alone, more than 80 percent of the nearly 8,000 elected officials at the state and federal levels of government are up for election. Voters also will make decisions on issues closer to home.

No matter what you are doing or where you are, it is almost impossible to avoid campaign messages attempting to mold your decisions. Candidates and causes are pursuing all avenues to influence your vote.

Add in the number of groups, friends, family and more that want to be your source for information about who and what is on your ballot.

For these reasons, making the effort to research the issues and the people vying for your vote is the best way to avoid casting a ballot that could end up leaving you with buyer’s remorse.

To help ensure that you are satisfied with your voting decisions over time, do a little research – or find a trusted source to do most of the legwork for you. From there you can make more informed decisions about who and what issues deserve your support.

In this, Land Line’s 10th annual special voting section, you will find information not only on how to go about voting but on how to take advantage of resources available to confidently make your own decisions.

Truckers who have not yet registered to vote or requested a ballot are encouraged to get involved. Visit FightingForTruckers.com for information on voting in your home state.

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.

It is worth the effort. Professional drivers have every incentive to use the information available to take advantage of opportunities to have a say in who’s representing them and what issues they support or oppose.