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Louisiana elections, 2014

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



Louisiana

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

2014 elections and events in Louisiana
Signature filing deadline for all candidates for primary election August 22, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election October 6, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Statewide ballot measure election November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election November 5, 2014 Red padlock.png
General election date December 6, 2014

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

On the 2014 ballot
Find current election news and links here.
U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Unscheduled electiond
State House Unscheduled electiond
Statewide ballot measures (14 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona
State courts Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Louisiana


U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014

Having to run against her vote for the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) faced an uphill battle in an increasingly conservative state. Following the November general election, the race will head into a runoff on December 6, 2014.


Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Louisiana
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race ratings
1.3 Race background
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U.S. Senate elections in Louisiana

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

Voters in Louisiana will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the runoff election on December 6, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by October 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was November 5, 2014.[4][5]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat held by Mary Landrieu (D). Landrieu was first elected in 1996.

Candidates


December 6 runoff

November 4 election

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

Race ratings


Most vulnerable seats

The Senate race in Louisiana was included on a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list were: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats were held by Democrats.[20]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Louisiana was considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Sen. Landrieu has to run while facing the fallout from The Affordable Care Act.[21]

Race background


According to an April 2013 report, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu raised $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2013, and had $3.5 million cash on hand.[22] However, challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) was not far behind, with $2 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter.[20] Cassidy far outpaced other opponents in fundraising. In reports from July 2013, Landrieu reported raising $1.7 million during the second quarter and had $4.9 million cash-on-hand.[23]

Landrieu has never won more than 52 percent of the vote in her three previous Senate victories.[20] A hypothetical Republican majority in 2015 would require winning this seat.[20]

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said on July 8, 2013, that he had no plans to run against incumbent Mary Landrieu in 2014, despite speculation about his interest.[19] The Republican governor flatly rejected the idea that he wanted to return to Congress, saying when asked about the race, "Absolutely not, emphatically no."[19] He went on to repeat his disinterest several more times.[19] "There is no caveat, no wiggle room. I'm not trying to give myself any outs. I have absolutely no interest in running for the United States Senate. I'm not a candidate for the United States Senate. I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate. You can film that. You can write that down. Absolutely not," Jindal repeated when asked about the rumor.[19]

Louisiana GOP statewide tour

In an effort to unseat Mary Landrieu in the 2014 election, the Louisiana Republican Party announced that it would embark on a statewide 100-city tour named, to the Roots, which began in August 2013.[24] "We recognize that we have quite a challenge next year in defeating Senator Landrieu, and it's going to take all hands on deck," said GOP Executive Director Jason Dore. Dore went on to add that the goal of the tour was to determine potential supporters and activists, establish precinct captains and lay the groundwork for 2014.[24]

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

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Louisiana took place on November 4, 2014. Voters elected six candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's six congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by October 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was November 5, 2014.[4][5]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds five of the six congressional seats from Louisiana.

Members of the U.S. House from Louisiana -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 5 5
Total 6 6

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the six congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Steve Scalise Ends.png Republican 1
Cedric Richmond Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Pending Ends.png Republican 3
John Fleming Ends.png Republican 4
Rodney Alexander Ends.png Republican 5
Bill Cassidy Ends.png Republican 6

List of candidates by district


1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

Disqualified

3rd Congressional District

4th Congressional District

Withdrew

5th Congressional District

Withdrew

Failed to file

Rumored candidates

Declined to run

6th Congressional District

Failed to file

Rumored candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run

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State executive official elections in Louisiana

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

Two down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of Louisiana in 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014.

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Public Service Commission Eric Skrmetta
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2009 Yes Republican Party Eric Skrmetta

Republican Party Allen "Al" Leone

Republican Party Forest Wright
Republican Party Eric Skrmetta No
Public Service Commission Foster Campbell
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2003 Yes Democratic Party Foster Campbell
Republican Party Keith Gates[69]
Democratic Party Foster Campbell No


List of candidates by office

Public Service Commission


Current incumbents

Republican Party Eric Skrmetta (District 1)
Democratic Party Foster Campbell (District 5)

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Louisiana

See also: Louisiana 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Fourteen statewide ballot questions were certified for the 2014 statewide ballot in Louisiana.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Healthcare Gives constitutional protection to the Medical Assistance Trust Fund Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Healthcare Creates a Hospital Stabilization Fund Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Allows agents of tax collectors to assist in the tax sale process and recover costs from fees charged Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Banking Creates a state infrastructure bank to issue loans to transportation projects Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Judiciary Removes the retirement age requirement from judicial offices Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Taxes Authorizes Orleans Parish to levy an additional ad valorem tax for fire and police protection Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Veterans Makes corrections to language of state's current homestead exemption for disabled veterans Approveda
LRCA Amendment 8 Gov't Finances Protects Artificial Reef Development Fund from being used for other purposes Approveda
LRCA Amendment 9 Taxes Deletes requirement that permanently disabled homeowners certify their income annually to keep property tax rate Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 10 Property Provides redemption period for certain property sold at tax sale Approveda
LRCA Amendment 11 Admin of Gov't Permits upwards of twenty-one state executive departments Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 12 Admin of Gov't Adds members to the state's Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 13 Property Authorizes New Orleans to sell property at a price fixed by the legislature in the Lower Ninth Ward Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 14 Taxes Limits when tax rebates can be altered by the legislature Defeatedd
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School board elections in Louisiana

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

In 2014, 667 of America's largest school districts held elections for 2,181 seats. These elections took place in 37 states.

State elections


A total of 21 Louisiana school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 224 seats. Each district held elections on November 4, 2014, with runoff elections on December 6, 2014, if no candidate for a particular seat won 50 percent plus one vote.

Here are several quick facts about Louisiana's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Jefferson Parish Public Schools with 45,230 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Vermilion Parish Schools with 9,186 K-12 students.
  • Three districts were tied for the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with 15 seats up for election in each district.
  • Ouachita Parish School System had the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with seven seats up for election.

The districts listed below served 467,051 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[70] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Louisiana School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Acadia Parish Schools 11/4/2014 8 8 9,551
Ascension Parish Schools 11/4/2014 11 11 19,858
Bossier Parish Schools 11/4/2014 12 12 20,656
Caddo Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 12 12 41,894
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 15 15 32,841
East Baton Rouge Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 42,723
Iberia Parish School System 11/4/2014 14 14 13,652
Jefferson Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 9 9 45,230
Lafayette Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 30,218
Lafourche Parish School District 11/4/2014 15 15 14,393
Livingston Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 9 9 24,468
Ouachita Parish School System 11/4/2014 7 7 19,680
Rapides Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 23,989
St. Charles Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 8 8 9,555
St. Landry Parish School Board 11/4/2014 13 13 14,926
St. Mary Parish Schools 11/4/2014 11 11 9,465
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools 11/4/2014 15 15 36,651
Tangipahoa Parish School System 11/4/2014 9 9 19,400
Terrebonne Parish School District 11/4/2014 9 9 18,722
Vermilion Parish Schools 11/4/2014 8 8 9,186
Vernon Parish School District 11/4/2014 12 12 9,993



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Voting in Louisiana

See also: Voting in Louisiana

Important voting information

  • Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[1][2][3]
  • As of April 2015, Louisiana is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

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

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Louisiana is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends seven days prior to Election Day.[71]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Louisiana ranked 10th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Louisiana received an overall score of 70 percent.[72]

See also

References

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