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On Nov. 7, 2006, all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 33 members of the U.S. Senate, 36 governors and many of our state lawmakers will be up for election. We will have the opportunity to vote for these legislators only if we first register to vote and then exercise our power at the ballot box.
You may already be registered to vote and your spouse may be, also. But how about siblings, other relatives and children at least 18 years old? Did you know that among 18-24 year-olds, only about 12 percent of those eligible to vote actually cast a ballot?
When union families vote, labor-friendly candidates are elected and labor-friendly legislation is passed.
In the U.S. Congress, labor-friendly candidates are more likely to ask for -- and follow -- the opinion of the UTU on various issues.
If it weren’t for labor-friendly lawmakers in the House and Senate, 25,000 Amtrak jobs probably would have been lost; millions of dollars probably would not have been appropriated for bus safety and increased bus operator training; many of the regulations ensuring a safer workplace probably would not be in place, and the rights we enjoy to join labor unions and bargain collectively with the employer without interference probably would be under attack.
Only by registering to vote and actually casting a ballot on Election Day for labor-friendly candidates can we protect our jobs, health care, workplace safety and pensions. Voting is how we have a voice in the government that represents us.
Below is a link to a U.S. government administered Web site that provides an easy-to-use application for registering to vote in most states (Exceptions: New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wyoming. See the General Instructions on the PDF.). The application should be completed and mailed.
To obtain the document, click on the link below and then choose National Voter Registration Form. The form is in PDF format and includes the actual registration form, along with instructions and registration deadlines for each state. Scroll down to view the entire page before printing. The first three pages contain General Instructions for completing the application. The next four pages contain two, two-sided applications. Print one page of the application and return the page to your printer to print the reverse side. The remaining pages contain rules and registration deadlines particular to individual states.