Voting season has begun in 2018 — now is the time to act

May 8, 2018

Today marks the start of the 2018 election season in earnest with four states – Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia — holding primary elections, with many other primaries to follow from now until September.

This is the chance for members of SMART Transportation Division to shape where the future of the transportation industry will go by selecting candidates who support issues that are important to us and our union brothers and sisters – things like improved safety in all modes of transportation, two-person train crews and yardmaster protection legislation. But you must get out and vote!

If you want to know the positions your elected officials have taken on these important issues, visit our Legislative Action Center where you can find out your senators’ and representatives’ voting records. You also can make your voice heard by sending them an email via the Action Center. Incumbent politicians attempting to get re-elected are very receptive to what you have to say from now until November. Why? They want your vote! Check the Action Center where you can research and ultimately decide whether that candidate really deserves your support on the basis of his or her record.

For some, it may be too late to register for your state’s primary election – the primary registration deadlines have passed in 12 states thus far, and today, May 8, is the last day that our brothers and sisters in New Mexico can register for their June 5th primary.

But that doesn’t mean it is too late to stay informed. We’ve been sending out reminder emails for the primary registration deadlines and will do the same as the general election registration deadlines approach. If you haven’t received one, it might be because we have an old email address on file. It’s always a good idea to update your information with SMART Transportation Division headquarters online to stay informed.

And finally, if it’s been awhile since you’ve voted or if you have moved, you can always double-check your voter registration status with a website that has been set up at

This is an important year for the direction of our country, and as we do on the roads and on the rails of these great United States, SMART Transportation Division will lead the way.