West Virginia elections, 2014

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



West Virginia

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

2014 elections and events in West Virginia
Signature filing deadline for party candidates January 25, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election April 22, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date May 13, 2014 Red padlock.png
School board elections (9) May 13, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates for general election August 1, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for write-in candidates running in the general election September 16, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 14, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014
Statewide ballot measures November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in West Virginia 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 Unscheduled electiond
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 West Virginia

U.S. Congress


  • 3rd Congressional District
See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014
Rep. Nick Rahall (D) is running for re-election in one of the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats. The 3rd District favored Mitt Romney by 32.2 percentage points in 2012.
  • U.S. Senate
See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014
The retirement of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) means Republicans have a chance to win the seat in 2014. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's (R) early entrance to the campaign has given Republicans a head start in the race. On the Democratic side, West Virginia's Secretary of State Natalie Tennant gives the party a candidate to rally behind.


West Virginia State Legislature


See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014 and West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 9 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controls the chamber.

Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in West Virginia
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race ratings
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U.S. Senate elections in West Virginia

See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 25, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: West Virginia is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Both parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[2]

See also: West Virginia elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat first elected in 1984. Rockefeller will not run for re-election in 2014.

Candidates


General election candidates


May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party Convention


Independent Third Party Candidates

Withdrew from race


Race ratings


Most vulnerable seats

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[15]

Democrat Jay Rockefeller’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election opens up a seat in a recently strongly Republican presidential level state. However, West Virginia has remained relatively Democratic at the state level.[15] Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito appears to be strongest possible challenger, with early polling showing her leading all potential Democratic opponents. But Capito conceivably could face a challenge in the primary election.[15]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in West Virginia is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. By the end of 2013, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) had established a campaign, while Secretary of State Natalie Tennant had entered the race only after many peers had passed up the opportunity.[16]

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1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in West Virginia
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 West Virginia

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 25, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: West Virginia is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Both parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 22, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[2]

See also: West Virginia elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds two of the three congressional seats from West Virginia.

Members of the U.S. House from West Virginia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of August 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 Pending
     Republican Party 2 Pending
Total 3 3

Incumbents


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

Name Party District
David McKinley Ends.png Republican 1
Shelley Moore Capito Ends.png Republican 2
Nick Rahall Electiondot.png Democratic 3

List of candidates by district


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was January 25, 2014.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates


May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates


3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

May 13, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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State Senate election in West Virginia

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See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 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 West Virginia State Senate:

West Virginia State Senate
Party As of August 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 24 Pending
     Republican Party 10 Pending
Total 34 34

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was January 25, 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17

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State House elections in West Virginia

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See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 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 West Virginia House of Delegates:

West Virginia House of Representatives
Party As of August 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 53 Pending
     Republican Party 47 Pending
Total 100 100

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was January 25, 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 67

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Statewide ballot measure elections in West Virginia

See also: West Virginia 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

One ballot measure has been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of West Virginia. The one legislatively-referred constitutional amendment has to do with taxes and property.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Exempts nonprofit youth organization properties from ad valorem property taxation

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School board elections in West Virginia

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

In 2014, 667 of America's largest school districts are holding elections for 2,149 seats. These elections will take place in 38 states.


State elections


A total of nine West Virginia school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 26 seats. Each district held elections on May 13, 2014.

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

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Kanawha County Schools with 28,458 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Mercer County Schools with 9,611 K-12 students.
  • All nine districts had three seats up for election in 2014.

The districts listed below served 125,813 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[29] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 West Virginia School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Berkley County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 17,720
Cabell County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 12,700
Harrison County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 11,128
Kanawha County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 28,458
Mercer County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 9,611
Monongalia County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 10,731
Putnam County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 9,631
Raleigh County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 12,372
Wood County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 13,462



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Voting in West Virginia

See also: Voting in West Virginia

Important voting information

  • West Virginia is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Both parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their primaries.[1]
  • West Virginia passed legislation in 2013 authorizing online voter registration, but a system has not yet been implemented.[30][31]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

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

Voting early

See also: Early voting

West Virginia is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 13 days before an election and ends three days prior to election day.[32] 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.

Voter turnout

According to records from West Virginia’s Secretary of State’s office, voter turnout has declined in West Virginia. Turnout for the 2006 midterm primary was 26 percent and 44 percent in the general election. In 2010, turnout declined to 24 percent during the midterm primary and 42 percent in the general election.[33]

“During the 2012 general election, a presidential election year, West Virginia had the lowest voter turnout in the nation with about 47 percent of voters casting ballots. The U.S. Census Bureau said West Virginia was the only state where less than half of eligible voters made it to the polls,” according to West Virginia Metro News.[33]

Robert Rupp, a political science professor at West Virginia Wesleyan noted that in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District the Republican candidate “could win this election with (less than) 16 to 20 percent (of the vote).” He also commented on West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District explaining that if Richard Ojeda receives a lot of votes, “It’s another sign that [Rahall] is in trouble and, as we know in past presidential primaries, West Virginians do use the primary to cast a negative vote.” Keith Judd, a Texas prison inmate, received 41 percent of the Democratic vote instead of President Barack Obama in the 2012 primary.[33]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

West Virginia ranked 44th 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. West Virginia received an overall score of 57%.[34]

See also

References

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  2. West Virginia Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "West Virginia - Summary Vote Results," May 13, 2014
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 West Virginia Secretary of State, "Candidate Listing By Office," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. The Hill, "W.Va. Senate race gets interesting", accessed September 16, 2013
  6. West Virginia Secretary of State, "Candidate Detail," accessed February 3, 2014
  7. ThomasJosephCoyne.com, "Nominating 'Convention' Votes for Sale?," accessed July 1, 2014
  8. Libertarian Party of West Virginia, "John Buckley," accessed March 12, 2014
  9. Independent Political Report, "Phil Hudok Running as Constitution Party Candidate for U.S. Senate from West Virginia," accessed February 3, 2014
  10. Ballot Access News, "Mountain Party Enters West Virginia U.S. Senate Race," accessed July 23, 2014
  11. Zane Lawhorn, "Home," accessed July 23, 2014
  12. Tami Stainfield, "Home," accessed July 23, 2014
  13. Register Herald, "TV newsman Martin Staunton running for Senate," accessed February 3, 2014
  14. [http://west-virginia.state-election.info/ West Virginia State Election Info, " 2014 West Virginia Senate Elections," accessed July 23, 2014]
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Fiscal Times, " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" accessed February 15, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  17. Facebook.com, "Press release," accessed June 10, 2013
  18. Chron, "W.Va.'s 2nd district GOP primary a crowded race," accessed April 26, 2014
  19. Associated Press, "West Virginia - Summary Vote Results," May 13, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 West Virginia Gazette, "Nine Now Running for Congress," accessed July 12, 2013
  21. Facebook.com, "Steve Harrison 2014 Exploratory Committee," accessed February 10, 2014
  22. Associated Press, "West Virginia - Summary Vote Results," May 13, 2014
  23. Vote4DavyJones.org, "Its Time To Restore Liberty!," accessed July 11, 2014
  24. West Virginia Secretary of State, "Candidate Search," accessed February 3, 2014
  25. West Virginia Secretary of State, "Candidate Search," accessed January 27, 2014
  26. Associated Press, "West Virginia - Summary Vote Results," May 13, 2014
  27. The Hill, "Manchin's State of Union guest to challenge Rep. Nick Rahall," accessed January 20, 2014
  28. Washington Post, "West Virginia Democrat switches parties to challenge Rahall," accessed July 31, 2013
  29. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  30. National Conference of State Legislatures, Electronic(or Online) Voter Registration, accessed May 10, 2013
  31. Open States, SB477
  32. West Virginia Secretary of State "Early Voting," accessed December 17, 2013
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 WV Metro News, "Light voter turnout expected for Tuesday’s primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  34. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014