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Rhode Island elections, 2014

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



Rhode Island

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

2014 elections and events in Rhode Island
State House special election (primary) January 21, 2014
State House special election (runoff) February 25, 2014
Filing deadline for all candidates June 25, 2014
Deadline for candidates to submit nomination papers to run for office July 1, 2014
Voter registration deadline for primary election August 10, 2014
Primary election date September 9, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 5, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014
School board elections November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Rhode Island 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 (1 measure) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Rhode Island 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 June 25, 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 Rhode Island 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 June 25, 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 Rhode Island
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Issues
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U.S. Senate elections in Rhode Island

See also: United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 25, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Rhode Island is one of 22 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[1]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by August 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to the election).[2]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2014

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

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.

Potential candidates

Declined to run

  • Republican Party Brendan Doherty - former superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and the Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District in 2012
  • Republican Party Scott Avedisian - Mayor of Warwick
  • Republican Party Allan Fung - Mayor of Cranston

Race background


Democratic incumbent Jack Reed was first elected to the Senate in 1996, and he won re-election in 2002 and 2008.[3] No Republican has been elected to Reed’s Senate seat since 1930, and he is considered to be safe for re-election in 2014.

A Public Policy Poll released February 1, 2013, showed Reed in excellent standing for re-election in 2014: In addition to high job performance approval ratings, respondents said they would vote for Reed over all five potential Republican challengers included in the survey, with Reed winning by a minimum of 29 points against Brendan Doherty, and a maximum of 65 points against Curt Schilling.

The results prompted Dean Debna, the President of Public Policy Polling, to say that, "Jack Reed may very well be the least vulnerable Senator in the country up for re-election next year."[3]

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.[4] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Jack Reed voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[5]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island
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 Rhode Island

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Rhode Island 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
June 25, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Rhode Island is one of 22 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[1]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by August 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to the election).[2]

See also: Rhode Island elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


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

Members of the U.S. House from Rhode Island -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of April 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 two congressional districts are:

Name Party District
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James R. Langevin Electiondot.png Democratic 2

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.

1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

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State executive official elections in Rhode Island

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See also: Rhode Island state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Rhode Island
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

Five state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Rhode Island.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Rhode Island:

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.

Governor


Potential candidates

Declined

Lieutenant Governor


Declined

Attorney General


Secretary of State


Potential candidates

Declined

  • Democratic Party Terry Hassett - Providence City Councilor[30]
  • Democratic Party Ed Pacheco - Former state representative and state Democratic Party chairman[31][32]

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
General Treasurer Gina Raimondo
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2011 Running for Governor


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State Senate election in Rhode Island

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See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island 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 June 25, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Rhode Island State Senate
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 32 Pending
     Republican Party 5 Pending
     Independent 1 Pending
Total 38 38

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 38

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State House elections in Rhode Island

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See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2014 State legislative special elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
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1 State House elections in Rhode Island
1.1 Regularly scheduled elections
1.2 Special elections by date

There are both regularly scheduled elections and special elections scheduled for the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2014.

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Regularly scheduled elections


Elections for the office of Rhode Island 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 June 25, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Rhode Island House of Representatives
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 69 Pending
     Republican Party 6 Pending
Total 75 75

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 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 75

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Special elections by date


February 25, 2014 runoff



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Statewide ballot measure elections in Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

One statewide ballot measure has been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Rhode Island.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
ABR Constitutional Convention Con Cons Dictates whether or not Rhode Island holds a constitutional convention

Potential measures


Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Term Limits Amendment Term limits Implements three-term limit on state assembly members, lengthens terms from two to four years.


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School board elections in Rhode Island

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Rhode Island 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 two Rhode Island school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature 10 seats up for election. Each district has scheduled elections on November 4, 2014. The districts listed below served 20,827 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[39]

2014 Rhode Island School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Cranston Public Schools 11/4/2014 7 7 10,653
Warwick Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 10,174



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Voting in Rhode Island

See also: Voting in Rhode Island

Important voting information

  • Rhode Island is one of 22 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[1]
  • As of April 2014, Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Rhode Island is one of seven states that do not have any form of early voting.[40]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Rhode Island ranked 23rd 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. Rhode Island received an overall score of 66%.[41]

See also

References

  1. Rhode Island Board of Elections Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. Rhode Island Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Public Policy Polling, "Senator Reed with Large Lead Over Republicans," February 1, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  5. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  6. Providence Journal, "Cumberland man announces run for Congress in R.I.'s 1st District," accessed September 11, 2013
  7. Providence Journal, "Newcomer Republican Reis to challenge Democrat incumbent Rep. Langevin," accessed January 25, 2014
  8. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  9. Public Policy Polling, "Chafee unpopular; Rhode Island voters support gay marriage," January 31, 2013
  10. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Angel Taveras hires top Washington, D.C. firm to plan governor race," March 22, 2013
  11. GoLocalProv, "The Scoop: Giroux to Run for Gov, RI Tea Party Talks Obamacare," October 4, 2013
  12. GoLocalProv, "Clay Pell Looks To Run For Governor in 2014," October 15, 2013
  13. GoLocal Providence, "Cranston Mayor Allan Fung: 13 To Watch in RI in 2013," January 1, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 WPRI TV, "Fung, Robitaille, Block may run for gov against Dems, Chafee," August 7, 2012
  15. WPRI, "Ken Block to run for governor in '14," May 21, 2013
  16. Thomas Davis for Governor of RI, "About," January 28, 2014
  17. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  18. governor-in-2014/ WPRI "Let the games begin – Almonte files to run for governor in 2014," accessed May 15, 2012
  19. WPRI, "Ernie Almonte abandons campaign for governor to run for RI treasurer," May 16, 2013
  20. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Avedisian Says He's Not Considering Gov's Office Following Chafee's Stunner," September 5, 2013
  21. WPRI, "Republican Robitaille eyeing 2014 governor's race," August 5, 2013
  22. Boston.com, "Robitaille says no plans to run for RI governor," October 18, 2013
  23. Rhode Island Public Radio, "McKee Organizes in Race for Lieutenant Governor," July 25, 2013
  24. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Mollis Intends to Run For Lieutenant Governor in 2014," July 29, 2013
  25. WPRI, "Warwick's Avedisian may run for lieutenant governor in '14," July 12, 2013
  26. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Josh Miller Decides Against 2014 Run for Lieutenant Governor," July 22, 2013
  27. North Kingston Patch, "Hodgson Considers Running For AG," September 26, 2013
  28. WPRI, "Democrat de Ramel to run for Secretary of State in 2014," January 24, 2013
  29. Providence Journal, "Nellie Gorbea resigning post at HousingWorks RI to run for secretary of state," July 25, 2013
  30. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Hassett Throws Support in Secretary of State Race to Pacheco," May 23, 2013
  31. WPRI, "Former Rep. Ed Pacheco running for secretary of state," April 22, 2013
  32. Providence Journal, "Democrat Edwin Pacheco drops out of race for R.I. secretary of state," October 12, 2013
  33. ripr.org, "Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket," December 3, 2013
  34. turnto10.com, "State sets special election for Woonsocket House seat," December 4, 2013
  35. boston.com, "Woonsocket to hold special legislative primary," January 18, 2014
  36. Providence Journal, "Morin defeats 2 primary challengers to gain hold on Woonsocket House seat," January 21, 2014
  37. ctpost.com, "Morin wins Woonsocket election for RI House seat," February 26, 2014
  38. Rhode Island Secretary of State "Official Primary election results," accessed March 26, 2014
  39. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  40. National Conference of State Legislatures "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
  41. Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report