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Arkansas secretary of state election, 2014

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Arkansas Secretary of State Election

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Martin Republican Party
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Arkansas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLieutenant Governor
Secretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor

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The Arkansas secretary of state election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mark Martin (R) was first elected in 2010 and is eligible for re-election.

Arkansas has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

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Ballot access for political parties

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Arkansas#Process to establish a political party

In Arkansas, the process to establish a political party is tied to the votes cast in a presidential or gubernatorial election. In order to initially put candidates on the ballot, political parties must submit a petition with 10,000 signatures. Then, in order to maintain that status beyond the election year in which they submit such a petition, their candidate for governor or president must receive at least three percent of the votes cast for that office.[3][4]

In 2012, both the Libertarian and Green parties of Arkansas qualified to put candidates on the ballot, but then their candidates did not receive enough votes for the parties to maintain their ballot status. In the fall of 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[5][6][7] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for governor must receive at least three percent of the vote.[8]

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