Ballotpedia's 2014 state executive official election coverage plan

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Welcome to Ballotpedia’s one-stop source for information about the 2014 state executive official elections. On this page you can find comprehensive, unbiased coverage of candidates and elections, including links to every state’s general election page on Ballotpedia. 2014 is an exciting year for state executive officials.


There are 95 days 20 hours left until the November 4, 2014 general election.


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Our coverage

We will be covering 217 state executive official elections in 42 states from the day the candidate filing period ends to the day the newly elected officials take office. That is more than double the number of positions that were elected in 2012, when 94 positions were elected.

Top office vs. Down ballot

At Ballotpedia, we divide the state executives into top offices and down ballot seats, and we provide different types of coverage. Top offices include governors, lieutenant governors, attorneys general and secretaries of state. For those elections, we have separate pages that provide in-depth coverage of every stage of the election, from candidate profiles, primary results and to polling, campaign finance reports, and unique news articles.

The down ballot races also get individual coverage, but the pages are broken out by state instead of by office. For example, the 2012 North Carolina "down ballot" races for treasurer, auditor, superintendent of public instruction, insurance commissioner and labor commissioner were grouped together on one page. Each race has a tab that provides background information, links to candidate profiles, results, campaign ads, and much more.

Our candidate pages

There are two types of candidates: current officials who are running for office and new candidates who do not currently hold an office we cover on Ballotpedia. For all candidates we strive to provide you, our reader, with the following information:

  • Clear biographical information, including education
  • Who the candidates is running against and when the elections will be held
  • Campaign finance information
  • Links to their campaign website, Facebook candidate pages, and Twitter accounts (where available)
  • Election results

Signature filing deadlines

Each state sets the deadline for when candidates must declare for election. Once the filing deadline passes, the state will verify signatures and issue an official list of candidates document. The timing of a document like this varies for each state. Some states will immediately release a document that is an unofficial list of candidates -- meaning it could contain some candidates who ultimately may either withdraw or be disqualified prior to the primary. In these situations, Ballotpedia staff will be adding links to these lists and adding names of candidates to election pages within 1-2 weeks of the list being released. Profiles will then be built of the candidates.

However, in other situations, states do not release any compiled list of candidates until weeks or even months have elapsed past the deadline. In these situations, Ballotpedia staff will work to build as many candidates can based on news reports and direct contact with candidates.

Primary elections

As each primary takes place, Ballotpedia staff will be indicating the winners and losers within 24-48 hours of the primary. Candidates who defeat an opponent in a primary will then have an election box added to the profile. Following the primary, the elections page will be updated to indicate which candidates will appear in the general election.

Debates

Ballotpedia staff are now incorporating debate coverage for the 2014 elections. A page for the 2014 debates will be up for viewing as soon as states start to declare their dates and times. After each debate, an article will be released and notable points added to the candidates pages.

General election

On election night, Ballotpedia staff will be updating election pages with check marks to indicate the winner of each race.

Original analysis

Throughout the election season, Ballotpedia staff will be creating analysis pages regarding the state executive races. For example:

  • Election reports three months, two months, and one month prior to the November general election that highlight the more competitive races and provide predictions for the outcomes of each of the top office races
  • Racetracking of races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state
  • List of incumbent state executives who are running for a new office
  • Feature articles from each state following the candidate filing deadline

Alabama

Alabama state executive official elections, 2014

Alaska

Alaska state executive official elections, 2014

Arizona

Arizona state executive official elections, 2014

Arkansas

Arkansas state executive official elections, 2014

California

California state executive official elections, 2014

Colorado

Colorado state executive official elections, 2014

Connecticut

Connecticut state executive official elections, 2014

Delaware

Delaware state executive official elections, 2014

Florida

Florida state executive official elections, 2014

Georgia

Georgia state executive official elections, 2014

Hawaii

Hawaii state executive official elections, 2014

Idaho

Idaho state executive official elections, 2014

Illinois

Illinois state executive official elections, 2014

Indiana

Indiana state executive official elections, 2014

Iowa

Iowa state executive official elections, 2014

Kansas

Kansas state executive official elections, 2014

Louisiana

Louisiana state executive official elections, 2014

Maine

Maine state executive official elections, 2014

Maryland

Maryland state executive official elections, 2014

Massachusetts

Massachusetts state executive official elections, 2014

Michigan

Michigan state executive official elections, 2014

Minnesota

Minnesota state executive official elections, 2014

Missouri

Missouri state executive official elections, 2014

Montana

Montana state executive official elections, 2014

Nebraska

Nebraska state executive official elections, 2014

Nevada

Nevada state executive official elections, 2014

New Hampshire

New Hampshire state executive official elections, 2014

New Mexico

New Mexico state executive official elections, 2014

New York

New York state executive official elections, 2014

North Dakota

North Dakota state executive official elections, 2014

Ohio

Ohio state executive official elections, 2014

Oklahoma

Oklahoma state executive official elections, 2014

Oregon

Oregon state executive official elections, 2014

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania state executive official elections, 2014

Rhode Island

Rhode Island state executive official elections, 2014

South Carolina

South Carolina state executive official elections, 2014

South Dakota

South Dakota state executive official elections, 2014

Tennessee

Tennessee state executive official elections, 2014

Texas

Texas state executive official elections, 2014

Vermont

Vermont state executive official elections, 2014

Wisconsin

Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2014

Wyoming

Wyoming state executive official elections, 2014


2014 State Executive Primary Information
State Signature Filing Deadline Primary Date Notes/Costs for candidates Days between Deadline and Primary
Alabama Red padlock.png 2/7/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 116
Alaska Red padlock.png 6/2/2014 8/19/2014 The filing fee for governor and lieutenant governor is $100.[1] 85
Arizona Red padlock.png 5/28/2014 8/26/2014 Write-in candidates must file by 7/17/2014.[2] 90
Arkansas Red padlock.png 3/3/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 Independent candidates must also submit petitions with the Secretary of State Office. Those are due by 5/1/2014.[3][4] 68
California Red padlock.png 2/20/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 Candidates must submit a minimum of 3,000 registered voters' signatures to the counties in which the signers reside. Instead of filing petitions, candidates may instead pay a fee equal to one percent of the salary of the desired office to their home county elections office.[5][6] That fee is due by 3/7/2014. Write-in candidates must file by 5/20/2014.[7] 113
Colorado Red padlock.png 3/31/2014 Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 Candidates may also file by assembly nomination with a major party and by the write-in process. Major party candidates must file by 4/12/2014, and write-in candidates must file by 4/18/2014.[8][9][10] 85
Connecticut Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 8/12/2014 Candidates running by petition must collect registered voter signatures equal to one percent of the votes cast in the previous election for the same office or 7,500 signatures of registered voters, whichever is fewer.[11] 63
Delaware Red padlock.png 7/8/2014 9/9/2014 63
Florida Red padlock.png 5/19/2014 8/26/2014 The deadline for candidates paying a filing fee instead of submitting petitions is 6/20/2014.[12][13] 99
Georgia Red padlock.png 3/7/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 53
Hawaii Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 8/9/2014 67
Idaho Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 67
Illinois Red padlock.png 12/2/2013 Red padlock.png 3/18/2014 106
Indiana Red padlock.png 2/7/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 88
Iowa Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 81
Kansas Red padlock.png 6/2/2014 8/5/2014 64
Louisiana 8/22/2014 11/4/2014 74
Maine Red padlock.png 3/17/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 The deadline for independent candidates is 6/2/2014.[14] 85
Maryland Red padlock.png 2/25/2014 Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 Filing fees depend upon the office sought. The fee must be paid either by check, money order or cash. It is permissible for a state candidate’s campaign finance entity to pay the fee.[15] 129
Massachusetts Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 9/9/2014 The 5/6/2014 deadline is for candidates to file nomination papers with the Registrar of Voters in order to be certified. Candidates must also file paperwork with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by 6/3/2014. The deadline for non-party candidates running for federal and statewide offices to file nomination papers with the Registrar of Voters for certification is 7/29/2014, and the deadline for these non-party candidates to file paperwork with the Secretary of the Commonwealth is 8/26/2014.[16] 126
Michigan Red padlock.png 4/22/2014 8/5/2014 Candidates for governor must file 15,000 valid signatures from at least half of the congressional districts in the state.[17] Candidates for the offices of Secretary of State and Attorney General do not participate in the primary election.[18] 105
Minnesota Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 8/12/2014 70
Missouri Red padlock.png 3/25/2014 8/5/2014 133
Montana Red padlock.png 3/10/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 85
Nebraska Red padlock.png 3/3/2014 Red padlock.png 5/13/2014 Incumbents running for re-election must file by 2/18/2014.[19] 71
Nevada Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 88
New Hampshire Red padlock.png 6/13/2014 9/9/2014 88
New Mexico Red padlock.png 2/4/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 119
New York - 9/9/2014
North Dakota Red padlock.png 4/7/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 64
Ohio Red padlock.png 2/5/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 90
Oklahoma Red padlock.png 4/11/2014 Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 74
Oregon Red padlock.png 3/11/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 70
Pennsylvania Red padlock.png 3/11/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 70
Rhode Island Red padlock.png 6/25/2014 9/9/2014 76
South Carolina Red padlock.png 3/30/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 72
South Dakota Red padlock.png 3/25/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 65
Tennessee Red padlock.png 4/3/2014 8/7/2014 116
Texas Red padlock.png 12/9/2013 Red padlock.png 3/4/2014 85
Vermont Red padlock.png 6/12/2014 8/26/2014 75
Wisconsin Red padlock.png 6/2/2014 8/12/2014 85
Wyoming Red padlock.png 5/30/2014 8/19/2014 74


References

  1. Alaska Statutes, "Section 15.25, Nomination of Candidates," accessed October 31, 2013
  2. Secretary of State Website, "2014 Election Important Dates," accessed November 4, 2013
  3. Running for Public Office, "A 'Plain English' Handbook for Candidates," 2012 Edition
  4. Arkansas Code of 1987, "Title 7, Elections," accessed October 30, 2013
  5. Summary of Qualifications and Requirements for the Office of State Senator, Member of the Assembly, "June 3, 2014, Primary Election," accessed October 21, 2013
  6. California Elections Code, "Section 8100-8107," accessed October 28, 2013
  7. California Secretary of State Website, "Key Dates and Deadlines," accessed October 21, 2013
  8. Colorado Secretary of State Website, "Major Political Parties FAQs," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Elections," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Ballotpedia phone call with Colorado Secretary of State Office, September 9, 2013
  11. Connecticut Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions, Nominating Papers," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Florida Department of State Division of Elections, "2013-2014 Dates to Remember," accessed November 6, 2013
  13. 2013 Florida Statutes, "Section 99.061," accessed December 2, 2014
  14. Maine Secretary of State "State of Maine 2014 Candidate's Guide to Ballot Access," accessed February 11, 2014
  15. The State Board of Elections, "Candidacy," accessed November 5, 2013
  16. 2014 Massachusetts State Primary and State Election Schedule, accessed December 2, 2013
  17. State of Michigan Department of State, "Filing Requirements: Office of Governor 2014 Election Cycle," accessed November 19, 2013
  18. State of Michigan Department of State, "Filing Requirements: Office of Secretary of State, Attorney General 2014 Election Cycle," accessed November 19, 2013
  19. Official Election Calendar for the State of Nebraska, accessed November 18, 2014