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Lyght's Comment
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Hello,

I have a question about voting as a truck driver. How do you go about doing it? I don't want to get into the politics of who's voting for whom kinda thing, but I do want to vote and I'm not sure how. As for right now I'm at home still and not officially employed by a trucking company. I'm getting my CDL permit (hopefully I'll pass!) on the 28th. Then I'll call XPO and get sent off to go to training. This close to election day will I end up having to miss it if I don't wait until after the 8th to go to training?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Sambo's Comment
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I've wondered this also. I'm assuming if you can't get to a terminal on voting day to go vote.....actually scratch that since you can only vote in the state in which you live, I'm assuming it will have to be done with absentee ballot? Or is there another way?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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I picked up my absentee ballot from my PO box when I was in So Cal a week or so ago. First absentee ballot I've ever cashed actually. I just didn't see myself Rollin up to the polling location with a 53 foot trailer behind me. LOL

JJ

Lyght's Comment
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Heh adding my state might help. I live in Alabama, and I this state doesn't do early voting so I can't just go down and vote before I leave.

Steve C.'s Comment
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Basically you will either need to schedule hometime for election day OR get an absentee ballot. I don't live in Alabama myself, but this page seems to have good information on absentee ballots.
Alabama Absentee Ballot Information

Yosemite Sam's Comment
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Since ur state doesn't allow early voting. I believe there is another way to vote but honestly forgot the technical term for it. There it goes absentee ballot voting for someone whom is away from home. Check into it

Heh adding my state might help. I live in Alabama, and I this state doesn't do early voting so I can't just go down and vote before I leave.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Absentee ballot.

DO VOTE - it's an important year - if not for the clowns running for pres - for your state and local issues.

Rick

JakeBreak's Comment
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Absentee ballot is the only way I know of. It's actually good to get the ball rolling on that while your at home because otherwise you'll miss the deadlines and stuff. I'm lucky enough I'll actually be home this year for it.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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My FM said if you request home time for election day they have to give it to you. I went home on June 7th for he primary and headed home Nov 8th for general.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Lyght's Comment
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Thank you.

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