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Delaware elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Delaware
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Delaware
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Delaware

The state of Delaware will hold elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Delaware
Signature filing deadline for primary election candidates July 8, 2014
Deadline for minor party candidates to be nominated August 1, 2014
Voter registration deadline for primary election August 16, 2014
Filing deadline for unaffiliated candidates September 2, 2014
Primary election date September 9, 2014
Filing deadline for write-in candidates for general election September 30, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 11, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Delaware in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
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U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (0 measures) Unscheduled electiond
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Delaware

Delaware State Legislature


See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2014 and Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 8, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 8, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Delaware
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Issues
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U.S. Senate elections in Delaware

See also: United States Senate elections in Delaware, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Delaware will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 8, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Delaware is 1 of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by August 16, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 11, 2014.[4]

See also: Delaware elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Chris Coons (D). Coons was first elected in a special election in 2010 to replace Vice-President Joe Biden.

Candidates


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Possible candidates

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In September 2012, Christine O'Donnell announced that she would consider a re-match against incumbent Chris Coons, who defeated O'Donnell in 2010.[7]

O'Donnell announced her possible 2014 run, saying "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run. People sacrificed. Not only came out of their comfort zone -- sacrificed to work hard in order to win the primary. And I think that I owe it to them to give it every consideration."[7] Since her indication at a possible run, no official decision has been announced.

Coons already had $806,862 cash on hand for the beginning of his re-election campaign in February 2013.[8]

When questioned in July 2013 about whether she would run O'Donnell responded by saying that she is “not saying no” to challenging Chris Coons, who defeated her by 16 points in 2010.[9] O’Donnell said her final decision depends on a number of factors, including her parents’ health and the results of an ongoing investigation into a potential breach of her tax information.[9]

In a tweet on July 23, 2013, O'Donnell responded to the rumor by tweeting "...To be clear, a 2014 Senate run isn't even on my radar!"[10]

As of July 2013, no names aside from O’Donnell’s had surfaced as possible challengers to incumbent Chris Coons (D).[11]

Issues


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Chris Coons voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[13]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Delaware
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 List of candidates by district
1.3 Issues
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Delaware

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Delaware, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Delaware will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
July 8, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Delaware is 1 of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by August 16, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 11, 2014.[4]

See also: Delaware elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election is John C. Carney Jr. (D), who was first elected in 2010. Delaware has a single at-large congressional district, which makes up the entire state.

Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the one congressional seat from Delaware.

Members of the U.S. House from Delaware -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 Pending
     Republican Party 0 Pending
Total 1 1

List of candidates by district


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Issues


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] John C. Carney Jr. voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. John C. Carney Jr. voted for HR 2775.[18]

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State executive official elections in Delaware

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See also: Delaware state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Delaware
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Attorney General
2.2 Down ballot offices

Three state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Delaware.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Delaware:

List of candidates by office

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Attorney General


Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Chip Flowers
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2011 Undeclared
State Auditor R. Thomas Wagner, Jr.
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1989 Undeclared


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State Senate election in Delaware

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See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 8, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Delaware State Senate:

Delaware State Senate
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 13 Pending
     Republican Party 8 Pending
Total 21 21

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 2District 3District 4District 6District 10District 11District 16District 17District 18District 21

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State House elections in Delaware

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See also: Delaware House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Delaware House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 8, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Delaware House of Representatives:

Delaware House of Representatives
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 27 Pending
     Republican Party 14 Pending
Total 41 41

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41

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School board elections in Delaware

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Delaware school board elections, 2014

In 2014, 668 of America's largest school districts are holding elections for 2,137 seats. These elections will take place in 39 states.


State elections


A total of five Delaware school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature six seats up for election. Each district has scheduled elections for May 13, 2014. The districts listed below served 62,848 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[19]

2014 Delaware School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Appoquinimink School District 5/13/2014 1 5 9,319
Brandywine School District 5/13/2014 1 7 10,657
Christina School District 5/13/2014 2 7 17,190
Colonial School District 5/13/2014 1 7 9,871
Red Clay Consolidated School District 5/13/2014 1 7 15,811



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Voting in Delaware

See also: Voting in Delaware

Important voting information

  • Delaware is 1 of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]
  • As of April 2014, Delaware is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration. An electronic form may be filled out online, but must be printed, signed and mailed to complete the registration.[20]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Delaware, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Delaware is one of eight states that allows early voting but requires an excuse to vote early. Early voting is offered in the form of absentee in-person voting and is available as soon as absentee ballots are made available up until noon on election day.[21]

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[21]

  • The nature of your work or schooling prevents you from going to your polling place.
  • Your service to the United States or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place. Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify. (Public service includes military, diplomatic, etc.)
  • The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place on election day.
  • You are on vacation on election day.
  • You are sick.
  • You are permanently or temporarily disabled.
  • You are incarcerated (non-felony).

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Delaware ranked 6th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Delaware received an overall score of 73%.[22]

See also

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. State of Delaware Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. The Hill "O’Donnell stirs pot on 2014 speculation" Accessed July 24, 2013
  6. Washington Post "Christine O’Donnell might run for Senate again" Accessed July 24, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Huffington Post " Christine O'Donnell Considers 2014 Senate Rematch" accessed February 25, 2013
  8. Huffington Post "Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2013
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named O.27Donnell
  10. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wp
  11. Delaware Online "Republicans wait as O'Donnell weighs another campaign" accessed July 24, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  20. https://registertovote.elections.delaware.gov/voterreg/TermsAgreement
  21. 21.0 21.1 Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Delaware," accessed December 18, 2013
  22. Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report