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No Time Like the Present
THIS NOVEMBER’S ELECTION, WHILE A PIVOTAL one for the country, is also signiﬁcant for my family: my older son is now eligible to vote and he’ll be casting a ballot for the ﬁ rst time in the upcoming election. One of his birthday gifts this year was a voter registration form. Certainly not the most exciting gift I’ll admit, but an important one. And, as a mother of teenagers, I’ve learned that when it comes to boys and tasks, if it’s not related to sports or video games, the task won’t get done without a little nudging. So, a birthday present it was. For him to be able to vote in our state’s primary election, we needed to act quickly. But my house is like many others: kids running in and out asking for this and that, an errand list a mile long, and household chores piling up. So, in the chaos of everyday life, the task of registering him was inadvertently relegated to the ‘low-priority’ list … until the day it was due. The voter registration form needed to be postmarked by 5 p.m. We hurriedly ﬁ lled it out, raced over to the local post ofﬁce and dropped it in the mailbox at 4:45 p.m. We slipped in just under the wire. Or so we thought. What we came to ﬁ nd out later, however, was that photo identiﬁcation should have been included with that form. By then it was too late to submit additional paperwork. So, the primary election came and went without his vote. The moral of the story? Simply this: If you’re not registered, but plan to vote (and this issue of Constructor tells you why that’s important), do not procrastinate. Fill out the proper paperwork now to ensure your voice is heard. There’s no time like the present. And if you think you’ll need an absentee ballot, check your secretary of state’s website for the ﬁ ling deadline. Failure to do that can really mess up a vacation, but that’s a story for another day. ◆
BY JEANIE J. CLAPP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2012
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Q&A WITH U.S. SEN. SCOTT BROWN
CREATING A CULTURE OF SAFETY
ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION BILL A WIN FOR INDUSTRY
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
2012 INSURANCE DIRECTORY
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
Constructor - September/October 2012