The trucker lifestyle usually doesn’t lend itself to convenience. Especially when it comes to this Fall’s upcoming election. Long hours, even longer trips, and sporadic schedules make it tough for many long haulers to know exactly when they’ll be home. This poses a difficult situation for many politically conscious drivers who want to participate in this upcoming election. Luckily, there are a few ways to make sure your voice is heard for this upcoming election. Although some say that both candidates are blowing smoke out of their tailpipes, it’s still important to be accountable this November.
Voting Online and Registration
If you want to register at home, stop by your local municipal building or borough office to fill out a voter registration form. The deadline this year do vote is October 11th for most states and eligibility requirements can be found at the U.S. Vote Foundation website.
Those who won’t be home in time do have another option to take advantage of. There are a few websites that you can register online if you won’t be home in time. Websites like Vote.org and the U.S. Vote Foundation site allow users to register online.
Absentee voting is for those who are not able to cast a vote on Election Day. There are multiple reasons for this. Prolonged illness, work, or traveling abroad are just a few reasons that an absentee ballot would be issued. In 20 states, an excuse is required to apply for an absentee ballot, while 27 states plus Washington, D.C., offer no-excuse absentee voting. Absentee ballots are sent to the voter in the mail and returned either in person or by mail, fax or email, depending on the state.
If you know you will be on the road on Election Day, it’s important to make sure you get an absentee ballot.
Many states even offer early voting for those who won’t be around during the time of the election. 37 states to be exact, offer early voting at your local government building. No excuse is required. Voting can begin as early as 45 days before the election or as late as the Friday before the election.
Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., allow Saturday voting, while four states (Alaska, Illinois, Ohio and Maryland) allow Sunday voting. Five states (California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Nevada) leave it up to county clerks to choose to open on Sundays or not.
Use Your Voice
The trucking community has the ability to have a big impact on this year’s election, so it’s important to do your research on each candidate and cast your vote this Fall. The only wasted vote is no vote, so be sure to let your voice be heard, even when you’re out on the road. Let the voice of the trucker be heard!