Ohio elections, 2014

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



Ohio

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

2014 elections and events in Ohio
Filing deadline for partisan candidates for primary election February 5, 2014 Red padlock.png
Deadline for write-in candidates to file Declaration of Intent to run in state primary February 24, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election April 7, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for independent candidates for primary election May 5, 2014
Primary election date May 6, 2014
Local ballot measure elections (2) May 6, 2014
Petition drive deadline for ballot measures July 2, 2014
Filing deadline for write-in candidates for general election August 25, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 6, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014
Local ballot measure elections (2) November 4, 2014

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

On the 2014 ballot
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U.S. Senate Unscheduled electiond
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (1 measure) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Unscheduled electiond

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Ohio

State Executive Officials


See also: Ohio state executive official elections, 2014

The Ohio gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Gov. John Kasich (R) is running for re-election.[1] Incumbent Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) is eligible to seek re-election. The winners of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan had been considered a strong potential Democratic candidate for the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial election, but ultimately opted against entering the race in March of 2013. He decided that challenging incumbent Gov. John Kasich (R) was not worth forfeiting his seat in the U.S. House, particularly in light of his reappointment to the influential Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress.[2] [3][4] Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, with running mate Sharen Neuhardt are the current frontrunners for the Democratic party.

Ohio State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 6, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican 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 Ohio House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 6, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican 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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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Ohio
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 Ohio

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Ohio will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect 16 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 16 congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 5, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Ohio is one of 22 states with a mixed primary system. Only affiliated voters can vote for candidates in the primary election; however, voters do not choose their affiliation until election day, when they request a party's ballot.[5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[6]

See also: Ohio elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds 12 of the 16 congressional seats from Ohio.

Members of the U.S. House from Ohio -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 4 Pending
     Republican Party 12 Pending
Total 16 16

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the 16 congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Steve Chabot Ends.png Republican 1
Brad Wenstrup Ends.png Republican 2
Joyce Beatty Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Jim Jordan Ends.png Republican 4
Bob Latta Ends.png Republican 5
Bill Johnson Ends.png Republican 6
Bob Gibbs Ends.png Republican 7
John Boehner Ends.png Republican 8
Marcy Kaptur Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Mike Turner Ends.png Republican 10
Marcia Fudge Electiondot.png Democratic 11
Patrick Tiberi Ends.png Republican 12
Tim Ryan Electiondot.png Democratic 13
David Joyce Ends.png Republican 14
Steve Stivers Ends.png Republican 15
Jim Renacci Ends.png Republican 16

List of candidates by district


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1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

3rd Congressional District

4th Congressional District

5th Congressional District

6th Congressional District

7th Congressional District

8th Congressional District

9th Congressional District

10th Congressional District

Not running

11th Congressional District

12th Congressional District

13th Congressional District

14th Congressional District

15th Congressional District

16th Congressional District

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State executive official elections in Ohio

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See also: Ohio state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Ohio
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Six state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Ohio.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Ohio:

List of candidates by office

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Governor


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  • Green Party Suzanne Patzer - Information technology supervisor at Columbus State Community College

Withdrew

Declined

Lieutenant Governor


Attorney General


Disqualified

Secretary of State


Disqualified

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Josh Mandel
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2011 Running
Auditor of State Dave Yost
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2011 Running


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State Senate election in Ohio

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

Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 6, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Ohio State Senate:

Ohio State Senate
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 10 Pending
     Republican Party 23 Pending
Total 33 33

List of candidates by district

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District 1District 3District 5District 7District 9District 11District 13District 15District 17District 19District 21District 23District 25District 27District 29District 31District 33

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State House elections in Ohio

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

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 6, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Ohio House of Representatives:

Ohio House of Representatives
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 38 Pending
     Republican Party 61 Pending
Total 99 99

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 99

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Ohio

See also: Ohio 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

One statewide ballot measure is certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Ohio.

On the ballot


May 6:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Ohio Issue 1 Bond issues Funds public infrastructure projects via issuance of general obligation bonds

Potential measures


Type Title Subject Description
CISS Medicaid Expansion Initiative Healthcare Extends the federally-subsidized insurance program to more low-income Ohioans
CICA Bonds for Clean Energy Initiative Bonds Directs the General Assembly to issue $1.3 billion in bonds every year for ten years for clean energy infrastructure, research and development
CICA Voter Bill of Rights Amendment Suffrage Extends early voting times on the weekends
CICA "Right-to-Work" Amendment Labor and unions Keeps workers covered by labor contracts from having to join a union or pay union dues
CICA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage Repeals 2004 ballot measure, thereby legalizing same-sex marriage in state
CICA Medical Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Legalizes medical marijuana
CICA Personhood Initiative Abortion Defines a person as human at any stage of development

Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Storefront Sweepstakes Ban Referendum Gambling Submits the state's ban on storefront sweepstakes operations to a statewide vote Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


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Local ballot measure elections in Ohio

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

Elections by date


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Voting in Ohio

See also: Voting in Ohio

Important voting information

  • Ohio is one of 22 states with a mixed primary system. Only affiliated voters can vote for candidates in the primary election; however, voters do not choose their affiliation until election day, when they request a party's ballot.[5]
  • As of April 2014, Ohio 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 Ohio, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Ohio is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 29 days before an election and ends the day prior to election day.[45] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

2014 developments

On February 21, 2014, Governor John Kasich signed into law two bills that altered the state's early and absentee voting provisions. Senate Bill 238 eliminated "Golden Week," a period during which state residents could register and vote on the same day, and shortened the early voting period by a week. Senate Bill 238 reduced the number of voting days from 35 to 29. Under Senate Bill 205, the Secretary of State will be required to get funding approval from the legislature before mailing absentee ballot applications statewide.[46]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald denounced the bills as "outrageous and unnecessary and totally motivated by a desire to make it tougher to vote." He also indicated that he had directed his county law director to review the bills for possible legal action.[46]

The bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials has said that allowing individuals to both register and vote on the same day results in difficulties in properly validating voters.[46]

2012 developments

The Supreme Court let the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit stand on October 16, 2012, in a one-sentence order. The Appeals Court ruled earlier that early voting must be offered to all voters if it is offered to the military, and the Supreme Court's decision finally put the issue to rest. This decision marked a victory for the Obama campaign, which sued to overturn the restrictions put into place by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.[47]

Previously, early voting had been restored during the last three days before the November 6 election for all Ohio citizens by a federal district court. From there, the decision was appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and finally to the Supreme Court.[48]

U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus said, "This Court notes that restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters through the Monday before Election Day does not deprive [military] voters from early voting." He went on to say, "Instead, and more importantly, it places all Ohio voters on equal standing."[48]

The lawsuit was filed in response to a directive which allowed certain individuals, specifically military personnel and their families, to vote in the three days preceding the election, while disallowing all others.[48]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Ohio ranked 27th 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. Ohio received an overall score of 64%.[49]

See also

References

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  3. The Plain Dealer-Sun News, "Rep. Tim Ryan considering a run for Ohio governor," April 25, 2012
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  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 The Columbus Dispatch "Kasich signs both elections bills; 'livid' FitzGerald may take action," February 22, 2014
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  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 Governing, "Early Voting Restored in Ohio," September 4, 2012
  49. Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report