ELECTION 2018: Primary elections season continues

June 25, 2018

Keith Goble


State primaries continue through much of the nation as voters narrow their options for who will appear on fall ballots.

Already, 26 states have held primary elections for state offices as they reduce the field for Nov. 6. Four more states will do the same this week while 14 other states will hold elections before the end of August and five states wait until September.

Voters in Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah head to the voting booth Tuesday, June 26, to cast ballots for state offices.

There are no state primaries scheduled for July.

States holding primaries in August are as follows: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

In September, voters in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island will have their turn.

Louisiana holds its primary on the same day the rest of the country holds the general election. If necessary, a runoff would be held on Dec. 8.

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 important if not more.

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. A link is available at the bottom of the page.

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, Ext. 4906.

For information on getting an absentee ballot or to find out if your state offers early voting, contact your local elections office or secretary of state’s office. You can also visit them on the Internet. See the state-by-state contact info.