Florida elections, 2014

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



Florida

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

2014 elections and events in Florida
13th Congressional District special election (primary) January 14, 2014 Red padlock.png
Petition drive deadline for ballot measures February 1, 2014 Red padlock.png
13th Congressional District special election (general) March 11, 2014 Red padlock.png
State House special election (primary) March 11, 2014 Red padlock.png
Signature filing deadline for federal petition candidates March 31, 2014 Red padlock.png
State House special election (general) April 8, 2014 Red padlock.png
19th Congressional District special election (primary) April 22, 2014
Filing deadline for federal candidate paying filing fee May 2, 2014
Filing deadline for statewide petition candidates May 19, 2014
Filing deadline for statewide candidates paying filing fee June 20, 2014
19th Congressional District special election (general) June 24, 2014
Voter registration deadline for primary election July 28, 2014
Primary election date August 26, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 6, 2014
Statewide ballot measure election November 4, 2014
Local ballot measure election November 4, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Florida 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 (2 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Florida

U.S. Congress


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014
  • 13th Congressional District
See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014
The death of long-time incumbent C.W. Bill Young (R) in late 2013 has left the seat open to a partisan switch in an increasingly Democratic district.
  • 18th Congressional District
See also: Florida's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014
Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy won one of the tightest elections of 2012 against Allen West. Despite that victory, Murphy is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.
  • 26th Congressional District
See also: Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014
Although Rep. Joe Garcia won a decisive victory in 2012 in the newly drawn 26th district, Garcia is also considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.


State Executive Officials


See also: Florida state executive official elections, 2014

The Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election will be held on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Governor Rick Scott (R) is eligible to run for re-election and began making plans for his campaign as early as May of 2012.[1] The office of lieutenant governor is currently vacant following the resignation of Scott's 2010 running-mate, Jennifer Carroll. Sources such as Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have consistently rated Scott among the top five most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election in 2014.[2][3][4][5]

One potential threat to Scott winning a second term is the candidacy of former governor and newly minted Democrat Charlie Crist, who finally launched his long-anticipated campaign on Nov. 4, 2013.[6][7][8] Crist was a Republican until 2010 when he re-registered as an Independent in order to stay in the race after Republican voters chose Marco Rubio over him in the primary, and his latest party makeover has been widely interpreted as a strategic maneuver aimed at helping him unseat Scott in 2014. Crist has held onto a lead in all tracked hypothetical match up polls putting him against Scott.[9] In June 2013, ex-Florida Sen. Democrat Nan Rich entered the race, and has since been joined by a slew of other lesser-known hopefuls, mostly from third parties. [10]

Florida State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 20, 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 Florida House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 20, 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 Florida
1.1 Special elections by date
1.2 Regularly scheduled elections
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Florida

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014, United States House of Representatives elections, 2014 and Special elections to the 113th United States Congress (2013-2014)

There are both regularly scheduled elections and special elections scheduled for the U.S. House in 2014 in Florida.

Special elections by date


* March 11, 2014 *

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

The 13th Congressional District of Florida held a special election for the U.S. House in 2014.

The special election was held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R).

Young died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[11] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican.[12][13]

Under Florida law, Governor Rick Scott (R) had no authority to appoint a replacement, but called a special election to fill Young's seat.[14][15]

Florida has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
November 19, 2013[16]
January 14, 2014
March 11, 2014
General Election Candidates
Democratic primary
Republican primary
Third party candidates

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 48.5% 88,294
     Democratic Alex Sink 46.6% 84,877
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8% 8,799
Total Votes 181,970
Source: Unoffocial Results via Associated Press

Republican primary

U.S. House, Florida District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 44.6% 20,337
Kathleen Peters 31% 14,120
Mark Bircher 24.5% 11,158
Total Votes 45,615
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[24]


* June 24, 2014 *

See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District special election, 2014

The 19th Congressional District of Florida will hold a special election for the U.S. House in 2014.

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Trey Radel (R).[25]

Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced on January 31, 2014, that the primary election will be held April 22, 2014, with the general election scheduled for June 24, 2014.[26][27]

The special election has a projected cost of $1.5 million.[28]

The winner will face re-election in 2014, with the primary scheduled for August 26, 2014, followed by the November general election.

Florida has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Florida's 19th Congressional District is solidly Republican.[29]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 19, 2014[30]
April 22, 2014
June 24, 2014[26]
Candidates


Regularly scheduled elections


The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Florida will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect 27 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 27 congressional districts. Florida 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.[39][40][41]

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds 17 of the 27 congressional seats from Florida.

Members of the U.S. House from Florida -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 10 Pending
     Republican Party 17 Pending
Total 27 27

Incumbents

Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the 27 congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Jeff Miller Ends.png Republican 1
Steve Southerland II Ends.png Republican 2
Ted Yoho Ends.png Republican 3
Ander Crenshaw Ends.png Republican 4
Corrine Brown Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Ron DeSantis Ends.png Republican 6
John L. Mica Ends.png Republican 7
Bill Posey Ends.png Republican 8
Alan Grayson Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Daniel Webster Ends.png Republican 10
Richard B. Nugent Ends.png Republican 11
Gus Bilirakis Ends.png Republican 12
C.W. Bill Young Ends.png Republican 13
Kathy Castor Electiondot.png Democratic 14
Dennis A. Ross Ends.png Republican 15
Vern Buchanan Ends.png Republican 16
Thomas J. Rooney Ends.png Republican 17
Patrick Murphy Electiondot.png Democratic 18
Trey Radel Ends.png Republican 19
Alcee L. Hastings Electiondot.png Democratic 20
Theodore E. Deutch Electiondot.png Democratic 21
Lois Frankel Electiondot.png Democratic 22
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Electiondot.png Democratic 23
Frederica S. Wilson Electiondot.png Democratic 24
Mario Diaz-Balart Ends.png Republican 25
Joe Garcia Electiondot.png Democratic 26
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Ends.png Republican 27

Race background

Heading into the election, a few districts were already shaping up to be competitive. Florida's 2nd Congressional District, 10th Congressional District, 13th Congressional District, 18th Congressional District, and 26th Congressional District are pinpointed as races that could make the election intriguing.[42]

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was March 31, 2014.

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

Failed to file

10th Congressional District

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run

11th Congressional District

12th Congressional District

13th Congressional District

Potential candidates

Declined to run

14th Congressional District

15th Congressional District

16th Congressional District

Failed to file

Withdrew from race

17th Congressional District

18th Congressional District

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

19th Congressional District

Potential candidates

Declined to run

20th Congressional District

21st Congressional District

22nd Congressional District

23rd Congressional District

Potential candidate

24th Congressional District

25th Congressional District

26th Congressional District

Potential candidates

27th Congressional District

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State executive official elections in Florida

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

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

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Florida:

List of candidates by office

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Governor


Potential Democratic candidates

Potential Republican candidates

Potential Libertarian candidates

Potential Third Party and Independent candidates


Lieutenant Governor



Attorney General



Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Atwater
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2011 Yes[130]
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam
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2011 Yes[131][130]


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State Senate election in Florida

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

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 20, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Florida State Senate
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 14 Pending
     Republican Party 26 Pending
Total 40 40

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 2District 4District 6District 8District 10District 12District 14District 16District 18District 20District 22District 24District 26District 28District 30District 32District 34District 36District 38District 40

Contents
1 State House elections in Florida
1.1 Regularly scheduled elections
1.2 Special elections by date
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State House elections in Florida

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

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

Regularly scheduled elections


Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 20, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Florida House of Representatives
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 45 Pending
     Republican Party 75 Pending
Total 120 120

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 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 120

Special elections


April 8, 2014



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Statewide ballot measure elections in Florida

See also: Florida 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Two measures are certified for the 2014 ballot in Florida.

On the ballot


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for ballot measures was February 1, 2013.

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Water and Land Conservation Amendment Environment Provides funding for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund
CICA Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician

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Local ballot measure elections in Florida

See also: Local ballot measures, Florida 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 Florida local measures.

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School board elections in Florida

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Florida 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 38 Florida school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature 117 seats up for election. Eight districts will hold elections in August while 30 districts have scheduled elections for November 4, 2014. The districts listed below served 2,517,857 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[137]

2014 Florida School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Putnam County School District 8/2014 3 5 11,244
Brevard Public Schools 8/4/2014 2 5 71,866
Clay County Schools 8/12/2014 2 5 35,812
Flagler Public Schools 8/12/2014 3 5 12,931
Nassau County School District 8/12/2014 3 5 11,100
Sarasota County Schools 8/12/2014 3 5 40,899
School District of Osceola County 8/12/2014 3 5 53,357
Okaloosa County School District 8/26/2014 3 5 28,695
Alachua County Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 27,448
Bay District Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 25,935
Broward County Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 9 256,472
Charlotte County Public Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 16,640
Citrus County Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 15,675
Collier County Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 42,919
Columbia County Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 9,810
Duval County Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 123,997
Escambia County School District 11/4/2014 3 5 40,227
Hernando County School Board 11/4/2014 3 5 22,684
Highlands County School Board 11/4/2014 3 5 12,128
Hillsborough County Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 194,525
Indian River County School District 11/4/2014 3 5 17,740
Lake County Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 41,110
Leon County Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 33,326
Manatee School District 11/4/2014 3 5 44,249
Marion County Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 41,955
Martin County School District 11/4/2014 3 5 18,170
Miami-Dade County Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 9 346,842
Orange County Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 8 176,008
Palm Beach County School District 11/4/2014 4 7 174,663
Pasco County Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 66,994
Pinellas County Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 104,001
Polk County Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 95,178
Santa Rosa County School District 11/4/2014 3 5 25,533
School District of Lee County 11/4/2014 3 5 81,967
Seminole County Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 64,229
St. Johns County School District 11/4/2014 3 5 30,710
St. Lucie County School District 11/4/2014 3 5 39,259
Volusia County Schools 11/4/2014 3 5 61,559



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Voting in Florida

See also: Voting in Florida

Important voting information

  • Florida 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.[39][40][41]
  • As of April 2014, Florida 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 Florida, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Florida is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before an election and ends three days prior to election day.[138] 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.

2013 developments

Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, who sponsored the 2011 law that reduced the number of early voting days in Florida, authored a bill which would provide increased early voting opportunities.[139]

The newest early voting proposal would have given counties an extra day for early voting before a general election and allow them to keep polls open for 14 hours. In addition, the bill would require all elections supervisors to submit a report three months prior to a general election, outlining preparations for that election.[139]

In addition, Florida's election supervisors asked the legislature for the following changes with respect to early voting:[140]

  • Require that the Legislature comply with the 75-word ballot summary requirement that is required for citizen-led ballot initiatives (Lawmakers exempted themselves from that requirement years ago, and ordered the full text of several amendments to be on the November ballot, a leading contributor to long lines at polling places).
  • Require eight days of early voting in primary and general elections "with the option for supervisors to provide additional days not to exceed 14 days." (In 2011 the legislature reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to 8).
  • Give election supervisors the leeway to select more early voting sites (currently limited to election offices, city halls and libraries).

2012 developments

In 2011, the Republican-controlled legislature cut the number of early voting days from 12 to 8. However, due to a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the counties of Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, and Monroe would retain their full 12 days of early voting. That is because these counties are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[139]

The Justice Department has since agreed with the state's early voting schedule provided that the five counties must offer 96 hours of voting between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. over eight days, the maximum under the law. Both the counties and the state have agreed to the terms, so the case should now be thrown out.[141]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Florida ranked 25th 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. Florida received an overall score of 65%.[142]

See also

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