The AMA Urges Riders to 'Vote Like a Motorcyclist'
November 01, 2012
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- With the
Nov. 6 General Election just around the corner, the American Motorcyclist
Association is reminding motorcyclists to research where candidates stand on
motorcycle-related issues and "Vote Like a Motorcyclist."
The AMA is a non-partisan organization and doesn't make political endorsements.
But the national association encourages riders to cast their ballots based on
candidates' positions on motorcycling-related issues as well as other issues of
importance to them.
The AMA provides tools to help its members make informed choices on Election
Day and offers tips for getting involved in campaigns.
AMA members can easily find out where candidates stand on motorcycling-related
issues by reading the 2012 AMA Voter Guide. The online tool is an exclusive
benefit of AMA membership and is available at http://americanmotorcyclist.com/votelikeamotorcyclist.
Motorcycle-only checkpoints, restricted recreational access to public land and
health insurance discrimination against motorcyclists are just some of the
issues used to rate federal congressional and state gubernatorial candidates in
the 2012 AMA Voter Guide.
"The 2012 AMA Voter Guide gives AMA members important information about
political candidates," said Wayne Allard, a former U.S. representative and
U.S. senator from Colorado who now serves as the AMA vice president for
government relations. "The guide includes a rating for every federal and
gubernatorial candidate of the major political parties who returned an AMA
"The rating shows how closely the candidates' answers align with AMA
positions," Allard said. "The 2012 AMA Voter Guide also features
scorecards for federal incumbents seeking re-election that shows how closely
their voting records and other actions match the positions held by the
Voting and getting involved politically are important because the results of
Election Day lay the foundation for legislation and laws, Allard added. If
anti-motorcycling candidates earn elected office, then they could legislate
away opportunities to ride, cut back or eliminate funding for rider safety
training, or even wipe out other programs that motorcyclists have spent years
working to implement.