Maine elections, 2014

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



Maine

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

2014 elections and events in Maine
Petition drive deadline for ballot measures February 3, 2014 Red padlock.png
Signature filing deadline for party candidates March 17, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election May 20, 2014 & same-day Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for independent candidates for primary election June 2, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date June 10, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for voters for general election
(only by mail or through voter registration drive)
October 14, 2014 & same-day
General election date November 4, 2014
Statewide ballot measures November 4, 2014
Local ballot measure elections (3) November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Maine 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 Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (7 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Unscheduled electiond

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Maine

Maine State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 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 Maine House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 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 Maine
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
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U.S. Senate elections in Maine

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 17, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Maine is one 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 needed register to vote in the primary by either May 20, 2014 (by mail or through voter registration drive) or on election day (in person). For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014. However, there is no cut-off date for registering in person at the the town office or city hall.[4]

See also: Maine elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins (R). Collins was first elected in 1996. The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins (R). Collins was first elected in 1996.

Candidates


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General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Rumored candidates

Declined to run

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Despite the fact that Maine is considered a blue state, Susan Collins (R) is generally considered safe in her bid for re-election in 2014.[12]

Republican consultant Erik Potholm commented on the race, saying “She may be the strongest Republican incumbent in the country. She has sky high approval numbers and has become a political rock star in Maine. In the past she has easily crushed top tier Dem challengers like [former Rep.] Tom Allen and [now-Rep.] Chellie Pingree,” he added. “I doubt any credible Dems will take her on this cycle. They would be crazy to do so.”[12]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine
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 Maine

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect two candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's two congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 17, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Maine is one 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 needed register to vote in the primary by either May 20, 2014 (by mail or through voter registration drive) or on election day (in person). For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014. However, there is no cut-off date for registering in person at the the town office or city hall.[4]

See also: Maine elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds both of the two congressional seats from Maine.

Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 2 Pending
     Republican Party 0 Pending
Total 2 2

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the seven congressional districts are: Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the two congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Chellie Pingree Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Mike Michaud Electiondot.png Democratic 2

List of candidates by district


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1st Congressional District

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Declined to run

Withdrew prior to the primary

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State executive official elections in Maine

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See also: Maine state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014

The Maine gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Paul LePage (R) is running for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Governor


Candidates

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General election

Republican Party Paul LePage - Incumbent[35][36]
Democratic Party Mike Michaud - U.S. House Rep.[37][38]
Independent Eliot Cutler - Former congressional aide and 2010 Independent candidate for governor[36][39][40]
Independent Lee Schultheis - Retired finance executive[41]

Failed to qualify

Independent Adam Eldridge - Project Engineer[42]
Independent David Slagger, Maine Green Independent Party - Ex-Maliseet Tribal Rep. to the state legislature and 2012 state house candidate[43]

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Paul LePage is running for a second term as governor in 2014.[44][37] The often divisive Republican is widely considered one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election this year. Sources ranging from Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have rated the 2014 Maine governor's race as a tossup.[45][46][47][48] In June 2013, after Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud launched his bid for the office, LePage briefly indicated interest in running for Michaud's seat in the U.S. House in 2014 as a way to avoid the risk of such a formidable challenge.[49][37] Though his threat of a congressional run amounted to nothing, LePage proved he is not impervious to the pessimism surrounding his re-election campaign.

On November 4, 2013, after establishing himself as the race's front-runner, Michaud disclosed in an op-ed column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets that he is gay.[50] Michaud emphasized that his sexuality is irrelevant to his ability to perform as governor, if elected. He said he came out in response to "whisper campaigns" instigated by opponents in order to cast suspicion about his personal life.[51] The revelation puts Michaud in the running to become the first openly gay man or woman to be elected governor in the nation's history.

Campaign finance decision in district court

An August 22 decision by U.S. District Court judge D. Brock Hornby regarding campaign finance limits in Maine could lead to more money in the gubernatorial race. Hornby ruled that a group of four donors to the campaign of independent candidate Eliot Cutler could go beyond a $1,500 per person limit on general election contributions for unaffiliated candidates. Democratic and Republican candidates in Maine enjoy a higher contribution limit because they can max out the individual donation limit in the primary and general election reporting periods. Both major-party candidates did not face primary challenges this year, though the individual limit reset after the statewide primary on June 10.[52]

Attorneys representing the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices defended the contribution limits, citing their ability to reduce corrupt practices. The state's attorneys also argued that supporters can use PACs to support their preferred candidates. Hornby dismissed these arguments, noting that the current limitation treats contributors differently based on their political leanings. The decision left open the question of whether all donors to Cutler could contribute $3,000 ahead of the general election, or if the ruling focused on the four plaintiffs. The donors who brought the original lawsuit will also pursue further action to enshrine Hornby's decision into state law.[52]

The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on August 27 to not enforce the $1,500 limit for each election, opting instead for a $3,000 per individual limit for this election cycle. The board's decision only applies to the 2014 election, and the Maine State Legislature would need to act for similar changes in future elections.[53]

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State Senate election in Maine

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

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Maine State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 19 Pending
     Republican Party 15 Pending
     Independent 1 Pending
Total 35 35

List of candidates by district

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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 35

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State House elections in Maine

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See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
Contents
1 State House elections in Maine
1.1 Majority control
1.2 List of candidates by district

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Maine House of Representatives
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 88 Pending
     Republican Party 57 Pending
     Independent 4 Pending
     Vacancy 2 Pending
Total 151 151

List of candidates by district

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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 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100District 101District 102District 103District 104District 105District 106District 107District 108District 109District 110District 111District 112District 113District 114District 115District 116District 117District 118District 119District 120District 121District 122District 123District 124District 125District 126District 127District 128District 129District 130District 131District 132District 133District 134District 135District 136District 137District 138District 139District 140District 141District 142District 143District 144District 145District 146District 147District 148District 149District 150District 151

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Maine

See also: Maine 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Seven statewide ballot measures are certified for the 2014 statewide ballot in Maine.

On the ballot


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November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
IndISS Question 1 Hunt & Fish Puts restrictions on certain bear hunting practices
BI Question 2 Bonds Issues $8 million in bonds to support agriculture, natural resources industries and human health monitoring
BI Question 3 Bonds Issues $4 million in bonds to insure loans to small businesses; issues $8 million in flexible loans to small businesses
BI Question 4 Bonds Issues $10 million in bonds to build a research center for genetic solutions to cancer and diseases of aging
BI Question 5 Bonds Issues $3 million in bonds to modernize and expand laboratory specializing in tissue repair and regeneration
BI Question 6 Bonds Issues $10 million in bonds to ensure clean water, protect drinking water and restore wetlands
BI Question 7 Bonds Issues $7 million in bonds to facilitate growth of marine businesses

Not on the ballot


Note: These measures will not be on the 2014 ballot but could be on the 2015 or 2016 ballots.[54]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Common Core Referendum Education Repeals use of Common Core standards in state schools Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Parental Consent for Abortion Abortion Requires parental consent for minors seeking to have an abortion Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Remove Concealed Handgun Permit Firearms Repeals the concealed handgun permit requirement Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Mandatory Minimums for Sexual Offenses Law Enforcement Creates mandatory minimum sentences for sexual offenses against victims under 12 years of age Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
IndISS Remove Restrictions on Weapons Firearms Removes restrictions on the carrying and use of weapons Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


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Local ballot measure elections in Maine

See also: Local ballot measures, Maine and Local ballot measure elections in 2014

Elections by date

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Voting in Maine

See also: Voting in Maine

Important voting information

  • Maine is one 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 September 2014, Maine is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

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

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Maine is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends the day before election day.[55]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Maine ranked 14th 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 to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Maine received an overall score of 69%.[56]

See also

References

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