Alaska elections, 2014

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



Alaska

The state of Alaska held elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Alaska
Petition drive deadline for initiatives January 9, 2014 Red padlock.png
School board elections (1) April 1, 2014 Red padlock.png
Local ballot measure election (1) April 1, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for candidates for primary election June 2, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election July 20, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date August 19, 2014 Red padlock.png
Statewide ballot measure election August 19, 2014 Red padlock.png
Petition filing deadline for independent candidates for general election August 19, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election October 5, 2014 Red padlock.png
School board elections (1) October 7, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for write-in candidates for general election October 30, 2014 Red padlock.png
General election date November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Statewide ballot measure election November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Local ballot measure election (1) November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
School board elections (1) November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png

Below are the types of elections that were scheduled in Alaska 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 (4 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Scheduled electiona
State courts Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Alaska

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

Sen. Mark Begich (D) faced a tough re-election campaign. His vote for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was a major issue in 2014. A unified Republican opposition unseated the senator, who was still serving his first term. The November 2014 election remained too close to call for a week past the election. Dan Sullivan defeated Sen. Begich.

Alaska State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controlled 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 Alaska House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controlled 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. Senate elections in Alaska
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Race ratings
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U.S. Senate elections in Alaska

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

Voters in Alaska elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 19, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Alaska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their primary election. The Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party allow any registered voters. The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 20, 2014.[2] For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[3]

See also: Alaska elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election filled the Senate seat held by Mark Begich (D). Begich was first elected in 2008.

Candidates


General election candidates

Democratic Party Mark Begich
Republican Party Dan Sullivan Approveda
Libertarian Party Mark Fish
Independent Ted Gianoutsos
Independent Sid Hill (Write-in)


August 19, 2014, primary results
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Democratic Party Mark Begich - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party William Bryk
Libertarian Party Mark Fish
Libertarian Party Scott Kohlhaas
Libertarian Party Thom Walker Approveda
Limeslashed.png Zachary Kile (Alaskan Independence Party)
Limeslashed.png Vic Kohring (Alaskan Independence Party) Approveda

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Unaffiliated candidates

Withdrew

Limeslashed.png Vic Kohring - Kohring withdrew in early September and endorsed Dan Sullivan[5]
Libertarian Party Thom Walker - Walker withdrew from the race after winning the primary. He was replaced by Mark Fish on the general election ballot.[6]

Rumored but did not run

Race background


Incumbent Mark Begich was a Democratic senator in a red state, making his seat one of the most vulnerable in 2014. The unpopularity of President Obama's healthcare mandate, combined with its poor implementation, was likely to be a major issue that Begich was unable to overcome.

Race ratings


Most vulnerable seats

The Fiscal Times compiled 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.[7]

Democratic incumbent Mark Begich defeated Ted Stevens in 2008 to win the seat.[7]

Polling indicated that Gov. Sean Parnell (R) could have been Begich’s strongest opponent, but Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) was the likeliest opponent. The seat was considered a toss-up.[7]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Alaska was considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. [8]

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1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Alaska
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Candidates
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Alaska

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Alaska took place on November 4, 2014. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 19, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Alaska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their primary election. The Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party allow any registered voters. The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 20, 2014.[2] For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[3]

See also: Alaska elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Don Young (R), who was first elected in 1972. Alaska has a single at-large congressional district, which makes up the entire state.

Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the one congressional seat from Alaska.

Members of the U.S. House from Alaska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

Candidates


General election candidates

Republican Party Don Young Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Forrest Dunbar
Libertarian Party Jim McDermott

August 19, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

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Democratic Party Forrest Dunbar Approveda
Democratic Party Frank Vondersaar
Libertarian Party Jim McDermott Approveda

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State executive official elections in Alaska

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See also: Alaska state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Alaska
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor

Two state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Alaska.

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Alaska:

List of candidates by office

Governor


General election

Republican Party Sean Parnell - Incumbent/Dan Sullivan
Independent Bill Walker/Democratic PartyByron Mallott (Alaska First Unity ticket) Green check mark transparent.png[10][11]
Libertarian Party Carolyn "Care" Clift/Andrew C. Lee[12][13]
Constitution Party J.R. Myers/Maria Rensel[14]

Lost in the primary

Gubernatorial

Republican

Republican Party Gerald L. "Tap" Heikes[13]
Republican Party Russ Millette[13]
Republican Party Brad Snowden[15]

ADL (includes Alaskan Independence, Democratic, and Libertarian Party)

Democratic Party Phil Stoddard[16][13]

Lieutenant gubernatorial

Republican

Republican Party Kelly Wolf[13]

ADL primary (includes Alaskan Independence, Democratic, and Libertarian Party)

Democratic Party Bob Williams - Teacher in Mat-Su, Alaska[17]

Withdrew after primary

Independent (Unaffiliated) Craig Fleener (Former running mate of Bill Walker) - Former Deputy Commissioner of Fish and Game and military veteran[18][19]
Democratic Party Hollis French - Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate representing District J[20][21][13]

Lieutenant Governor


General election

Lost in the primary

Republican primary

ADL primary (includes Alaskan Independence, Democratic, and Libertarian Party)

Forced to withdraw after primary



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State Senate election in Alaska

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

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Alaska State Senate:

Alaska State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 7 6
     Republican Party 13 14
Total 20 20

List of candidates by district

District BDistrict DDistrict FDistrict HDistrict JDistrict LDistrict NDistrict PDistrict RDistrict T

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State House elections in Alaska

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

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Alaska House of Representatives:

Alaska House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 14 16
     Republican Party 26 23
     Independent 0 1
Total 40 40

List of candidates by district

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 40

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Alaska

See also: Alaska 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Four statewide ballot measures were certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Alaska.

On the ballot


August 19:

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Ballot Measure 1 Taxes Repeals bill that grants tax breaks to oil companies Defeatedd

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Ballot Measure 2 Marijuana Decriminalizes marijuana in the state Approveda
CISS Ballot Measure 3 Minimum wage Increases the minimum wage in 2015 and 2016 Approveda
CISS Ballot Measure 4 Business regulation Prohibits mining projects if harmful to wild salmon in fisheries reserve Approveda


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Local ballot measure elections in Alaska

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

Elections by date

Click below for more information about local ballot measure elections on:


...click here for more 2014 Alaska local measures.

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School board elections in Alaska

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

In 2014, 665 of America's largest school districts held elections for 2,169 seats. These elections took place in 37 states.


State elections


A total of three Alaska school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for seven seats. Elections were spread throughout the year, including one on April 1, 2014, and two on October 7, 2014.

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

The districts listed below served 80,570 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 Alaska School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Anchorage School District 4/1/2014 2 7 49,206
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District 10/7/2014 3 7 14,285
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 10/7/2014 2 7 17,079


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Voting in Alaska

See also: Voting in Alaska

Important voting information

  • Alaska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their primary election. The Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party allow any registered voters. The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.[1]
  • As of December 2014, Alaska 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 Alaska, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Alaska is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on election day.[30] 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.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Alaska ranked 19th 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. Alaska received an overall score of 67 percent.[31]

See also

References

  1. State of Alaska Division of Elections Website, "Primary Election Information," accessed January 2, 2014
  2. DMV.org, "Voter Registration in Alaska," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. State of Alaska Division of Elections "2014 Election Dates and Hours," accessed February 19, 2014
  4. In Alaska, candidates from the Democratic, Libertarian and Alaskan Independence parties all appear on the same ballot. The candidate who receives the most votes from each party then advances to the general election.
  5. Newsminer.com, "Independence party candidate exits US Senate race," September 3, 2014
  6. Alaska Dispatch News, "Alaska Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate withdraws," August 27, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fiscal Times, "7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" accessed February 15, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  9. In Alaska, candidates from the Democratic, Libertarian and Alaskan Independence parties all appear on the same ballot. The candidate who receives the most votes from each party then advances to the general election.
  10. Alaska Dispatch News, "Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race," September 1, 2014
  11. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "2014 General Election candidates," accessed September 5, 2014
  12. CareClift for Alaska Facebook page, "Homepage," accessed May 19, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 State of Alaska Division of Elections, "2014 Governor candidates," accessed June 12, 2014
  14. J.R. Myers for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 27, 2014
  15. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 22, 2014
  16. Phil Stoddard for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Stoddard for Governor," accessed September 10, 2013
  17. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed August 8, 2013
  18. The Anchorage Daily-News, "Walker chooses Fleener as running mate in Independent bid for governor," October 14, 2013
  19. Alaska Dispatch, "Craig Fleener declares run for lieutenant governor with independent Bill Walker," October 14, 2013
  20. The Anchorage Daily News, "French to run for Lieutenant Governor," October 16, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage Democrat French considering run for governor, August 14, 2013
  22. " KTUU.com, "Mayor Dan Sullivan Announces Intent to Run for Lt. Governor," June 19, 2013 (dead link)
  23. Alaska Dispatch News, "Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race," September 1, 2014
  24. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "2014 General Election candidates," accessed September 5, 2014
  25. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed August 8, 2013
  26. The Anchorage Daily-News, "Walker chooses Fleener as running mate in Independent bid for governor," October 14, 2013
  27. Alaska Dispatch, "Craig Fleener declares run for lieutenant governor with independent Bill Walker," October 14, 2013
  28. The Anchorage Daily News, "French to run for Lieutenant Governor," October 16, 2013
  29. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  30. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Absentee Early and In-person Voting," accessed December 18, 2013
  31. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014