Indiana Secretary of State election, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014
Secretary of State
Indiana is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters are not required to register with a party, but the ballot they get depends on which party they have voted for most often in the past.
|Secretary of state of Indiana, 2014|
|Republican||Connie Lawson Incumbent||57.1%||762,223|
|Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.|
Dueling claims of election law violations
Connie Lawson (R) and Beth White (D) stirred attention in an otherwise quiet race by trading claims of election law violations. White kicked off the feud with charges that Lawson was challenging absentee ballots by voters on the inactive list in two counties. The inactive list kept track of voters who may not have updated information or voted in recent elections. The secretary's office listed 696,407 registered voters as inactive in August and an outreach effort to update addresses only yielded 47,493 responses. White claimed that Lawson used the lists as a pretense for disenfranchising voters.
State Republican Party chairman Tim Berry countered that there had no been official challenges to inactive voter ballots as of October 23. Lawson supporters also leveled criticism at White for distributing campaign mailers without disclaimers required by state law. White stated that the printer made an error with the original document and the campaign subsequently stopped distributions of the mailers.
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Republican Party||Charlie White||57.1%|
|Democratic Party||Vop Osili||37.0%|
|Libertarian Party||Mike Wherry||5.9%|
Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP. By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.
- According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.
- Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
- The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
- Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
- There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.
|Voter turnout rates, 2014|
|State||Total votes counted||% voter eligible population||Top statewide office up for election||Size of lead (Raw votes)||Size of lead (%)|
|District of Columbia||177,176||35.8||Mayor||27,934||19|
|Indiana||1,387,622||28.8||Secretary of State||234,978||17.8|
|North Carolina||2,939,767||41.2||U.S. Senate||48,511||1.7|
|North Dakota||255,128||45||U.S. House At-large seat||42,214||17.1|
|West Virginia||451,498||31.2||U.S. Senate||124,667||27.6|
Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.
|February 7, 2014||Filing deadline|
|May 6, 2014||Primary election|
|May 31, 2014||Primary convention, Democratic Party|
|June 7, 2014||Primary convention, Republican Party|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|November 25||Deadline for State Elections Division to certify general election results|
|January 1, 2015||Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election|
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- New York Times, "Election 2014 – Indiana," accessed November 4, 2014
- Indiana Code, "Section 3-10-1-6," accessed January 3, 2014
- Wish TV, "Lawson to run for secretary of state in 2014," April 13, 2012 (dead link)
- WishTV.com, "2014 Race for Secretary of State taking shape," June 6, 2013 (dead link)
- Karl Tatgenhorst for Secretary of State 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed May 28, 2014
- Fox 59, "Candidates respond to controversies over mailings, transparency," October 23, 2014
- The Washington Post, "More than half a million Indiana voters are ‘inactive’ and could removed from poll lists if they don’t vote," August 12, 2014
- WISH TV, "Beth White attacks Connie Lawson, admits error," October 22, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- United States Elections Project, "2014 November General Election Turnout Rates," November 7, 2014
- TIME, "Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low," November 10, 2014
- PBS, "2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years," November 10, 2014
- U.S. News & World Report, "Midterm Turnout Down in 2014," November 5, 2014
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