It’s a big year for presidential politics. No one can deny that. And the person occupying the White House come 2017 will play a major role in directing the laws, policies, regulations and practices that affect motorcyclists across this country.
The AMA is a nonpartisan organization and does not make political endorsements. Regardless of who wins, remember that presidential proclamations and official designations can suddenly halt access to public land. Direction from the nation’s chief executive can determine how much emphasis is placed on certain regulations.
And, then, there is always the veto, which, with the stroke of a pen, can block legislation favorable to motorcyclists.
But, with the presidential race grabbing nearly all the headlines, some voters may have lost sight of the fact that 469 seats in the U.S. Congress are up for grabs on Nov. 8.
That’s right. There are 34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats on the ballot. And 12 states will elect governors this year, including a special election in Oregon.
So, now is the time for you to educate yourself and take action, based, at least in part, on the candidates’ stances on motorcycling-related issues.
To help you with that task, the AMA is assembling as much information as possible about each candidate. And we are sharing that information with you at www.cqrcengage.com/amacycle/VLAM.
Public land grabs, too much ethanol in the fuel supply, distracted driving, lane splitting, federal exhaust regulations for competition-only bikes, vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology and other issues all could hinge on this election cycle.
We are asking all of our members to contact the major-party candidates on the ballot to ask them about motorcycling issues. Limited time and resources won’t allow the AMA to track the positions of candidates outside the two dominant parties.
Send any candidate responses to email@example.com, and we will post them on the appropriate webpage, so other AMA members and motorcyclists can use that information when deciding how to vote.
We also will include a graphic that shows how the incumbents align with AMA position on important issues.
In addition to educating yourself and voting on Election Day, the AMA encourages everyone to get involved:
Sign up for AMA Action Alert email notifications on issues that affect you.
Volunteer for campaigns for candidates and causes you believe in.
Talk with family, friends, club members and coworkers about the AMA and the political issues that challenge your rights as a motorcyclist.
Spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media.
Send letters and emails directly to the candidates and elected officials in your area.
Write a letter to your local newspaper or other media outlet.
Attend local events and take along like-minded associates. Make your voice heard. There is power in numbers.