Michigan elections, 2014

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



Michigan

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

2014 elections and events in Michigan
Signature filing deadline for party candidates April 22, 2014 Red padlock.png
Petition drive deadline for initiatives May 28, 2014 Red padlock.png
Petition drive deadline for constitutional amendments July 7, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election July 7, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for independent candidates for primary election July 17, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for minor party candidates for Primary election August 5, 2014
Primary date August 5, 2014
Statewide ballot measure election August 5, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 6, 2014
Filing deadline for write-in candidates for general election October 24, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014
Statewide ballot measure election November 4, 2014
School board elections (22) November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Michigan 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 Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (3 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Michigan

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2014
  • 1st Congressional District
See also: Michigan's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014
Although increasingly more conservative, Michigan's 1st District is still one of the most competitive districts in the country. Winning the 2012 election by only 0.5 percentage points, Rep. Dan Benishek (R) is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.
  • U.S. Senate
See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2014
With the retirement of Sen. Carl Levin, Republicans have one of the better chances in recent years to change partisan control of the seat. Republican Terri Lynn Land showed strong fundraising in 2013, however she still faces a tough battle against Rep. Gary Peters (D).


State Executive Officials


See also: Michigan state executive official elections, 2014

The Michigan gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. First term Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is running for re-election in 2014.[1]. In December 2012, in the wake of his passage of a "right-to-work" law that provoked heavy rioting, particularly from unions, a Public Policy Poll showed the governor's chances of winning another term having severely diminished compared to a similar poll released the previous month. His net approval tumbled a net -28 points, with respondents preferring each of the poll's four hypothetical Democratic challengers over Snyder for 2014. Since then, Snyder has surpassed Democratic frontrunner Mark Schauer in the latest polls tracked by Ballotpedia. The primary election will be held August 5, 2014.[2][3]

Michigan State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controls the chamber.

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 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. Senate elections in Michigan
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
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U.S. Senate elections in Michigan

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 22, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Michigan is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters must have registered by June 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the open Senate seat currently held by Carl Levin (D). Levin was first elected in 1978. On March 7, 2013, Levin announced that he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2014.[8]

Candidates


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was April 22, 2014.

Declared candidates

Declined to run

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A new super PAC, Pure PAC, has been formed to support Republican candidates and has been running attack ads against Gary Peters. The ads attack Peters for his "runaway spending" and for supporting Obamacare. The PAC spent $15,000 on the ads, which will run for three weeks.[10]

Race ratings

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Michigan is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Terri Lynn Land had a strong fundraising run in the third quarter of 2013.[11]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Michigan
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 Michigan

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Michigan will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect 14 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 22, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Michigan is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters must have registered by June 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds 9 of the 14 congressional seats from Michigan.

Members of the U.S. House from Michigan -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 Pending
     Republican Party 9 Pending
Total 14 14

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the 14 congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Dan Benishek Ends.png Republican 1
Bill Huizenga Ends.png Republican 2
Justin Amash Ends.png Republican 3
Dave Camp Ends.png Republican 4
Dan Kildee Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Fred Upton Ends.png Republican 6
Tim Walberg Ends.png Republican 7
Mike Rogers Ends.png Republican 8
Sander Levin Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Candice Miller Ends.png Republican 10
Kerry Bentivolio Ends.png Republican 11
John D. Dingell Electiondot.png Democratic 12
John Conyers, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 13
Gary Peters Electiondot.png Democratic 14

List of candidates by district


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was April 22, 2014.

1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

3rd Congressional District

Declared candidates

Declined to run

4th Congressional District

5th Congressional District

6th Congressional District

7th Congressional District

8th Congressional District

9th Congressional District

10th Congressional District

11th Congressional District

12th Congressional District

13th Congressional District

14th Congressional District

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State executive official elections in Michigan

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

Four state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Michigan.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Michigan:

List of candidates by office

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was April 22, 2014.

Governor


Candidates

Lieutenant Governor


Attorney General


Potential Democratic candidates

Democratic Party Mark Totten - Law professor at Michigan State University[27]

Potential Republican candidates

Secretary of State



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State Senate election in Michigan

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

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Michigan State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 12 Pending
     Republican Party 26 Pending
Total 38 38

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was April 22, 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 Michigan

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

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Michigan House of Representatives
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 50 Pending
     Republican Party 59 Pending
     Independent 1 Pending
Total 110 110

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was April 22, 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 110

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Michigan

See also: Michigan 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Three ballot measures are certified for 2014 ballots in Michigan. Nine potential measures, two legislative referrals, five citizen initiatives and two veto referenda, may appear on the ballot. Topics on the ballot include: hunting and taxes.

On the ballot


August 5:

Type Title Subject Description
LRSS Proposal 1 Taxes Eliminates the personal property tax and allocates a portion of the state use tax to municipalities

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
VR Wolf Hunting Referendum Hunting Overturns a law allowing the state to establish wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula
VR Natural Resources Commission Referendum Hunting Overturns law allowing the Natural Resources Commission to directly designate game species

Potential measures


Citizen initiatives

Type Title Subject Description
IndISS Minimum Wage Initiative Minimum wage Increases the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over three years
IndISS Natural Resource Commission Initiative Hunting Empowers Natural Resources Commission to be sole designator of games species

Legislative referrals

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Gender Neutral Constitutional Language Amendment Constitutional Language Alters the state constitution’s language to be gender neutral
LRCA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage Defines marriage as between two people, thus legalizing same-sex marriages
LRCA Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Hunt & Fish Provides for a constitutional right to hunt, trap, fish and harvest game species
LRCA For-Profit Public Schools Ban Amendment Education Prohibits public schools from being operated on a for-profit basis or by a for-profit entity
LRCA Right to Collective Bargaining Amendment Labor Provides for a constitutional right to unionize and collectively bargain
LRCA Part-Time Legislature Amendment Legislature Designates the state legislature as part-time
LRCA Transportation Funding Amendment Taxes Raises sales tax and eliminates state fuel taxes
LRCA Per Pupil Funding for Schools Amendment Education Requires that all school districts receive the same amount of state and local per pupil revenue for operating purposes
LRCA School Aid Fund for Special Education and Kindergarten Amendment Education Allocates the state school aid fund for general and special education and prekindergarten in lieu of higher education and employee retirement systems
LRCA School Aid Fund for School Districts Amendment Education Allocates the state school aid fund to school districts in lieu of higher education and employee retirement systems
LRCA Tax Revenue Cut Sunset Provision Amendment Taxes Requires a four-year sunset provision for all new tax exemptions and credits that reduce tax revenue
LRCA Natural Resources Trust Fund Allocation Amendment Gov't Finance Modifies the allowable expenditure amount from the state's natural resources trust fund
LRCA Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment Redistricting Creates an independent redistricting commission to apportion legislative and congressional districts
LRCA Citizens Redistricting Commission Amendment Redistricting Creates a citizens redistricting commission to apportion legislative and congressional districts


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Local ballot measure elections in Michigan

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

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School board elections in Michigan

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

In 2014, 667 of America's largest school districts are holding elections for 2,142 seats. These elections will take place in 38 states.


State elections


A total of 22 Michigan school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for 67 seats. Each district has scheduled elections on November 4, 2014.

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

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Utica Community Schools with 28,244 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Traverse City Area Public Schools with 9,807 K-12 students.
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools has the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with five seats up for election.
  • Six districts are tied for the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with two seats up for election in each district.

The districts listed below served 309,809 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 Michigan School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Ann Arbor Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 16,417
Chippewa Valley Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 16,033
Dearborn Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 18,152
Farmington Public School District 11/4/2014 2 7 11,455
Flint City School District 11/4/2014 3 9 10,487
Forest Hills Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 10,007
Grand Rapids Public Schools 11/4/2014 5 9 17,233
Huron Valley Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 10,031
Kalamazoo Public School District 11/4/2014 3 7 12,168
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 12,023
Lansing School District 11/4/2014 3 9 13,050
Livonia Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 15,250
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 18,714
Port Huron Area School District 11/4/2014 3 7 9,880
Rochester Community School District 11/4/2014 2 7 14,787
Traverse City Area Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 9,807
Troy School District 11/4/2014 2 7 11,841
Utica Community Schools 11/4/2014 2 7 28,244
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools 11/4/2014 3 7 15,268
Warren Consolidated Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 15,409
Waterford School District 11/4/2014 2 7 11,107
Wayne-Westland Community School District 11/4/2014 2 7 12,446



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Voting in Michigan

See also: Voting in Michigan

Important voting information

  • Michigan is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]
  • As of July 2014, Michigan 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 Michigan, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Michigan is one of seven states that does not have any form of early voting.[30]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Michigan ranked 10th 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. Michigan received an overall score of 70%.[31]

See also

References

  1. The Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Snyder says any re-election plans are months away from announcement," September 13, 2013
  2. Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
  3. Public Policy Polling, "An early look at the 2014 governor landscape," November 12, 2012
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Michigan Department of State Website, "Registering to Vote: Step 2," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Carl Levin, U.S. Senator from Michigan, "Newsroom: Sen. Carl Levin announces he will not seek re-election in 2014," March 7, 2013
  9. Washington Post "Dave Camp might run for Senate in Michigan," accessed July 15, 2013
  10. Detroit Free Press, "Super PAC commercial targets U.S. Rep. Peters, parodies Pure Michigan ads," September 18, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  12. Arcand for Congress, "Alan Arcand," accessed January 14, 2014
  13. The Washington Post, "DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits," September 9, 2013
  14. Politico, "GOP rival announces Justin Amash primary," accessed October 8, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Some tea party congressmen find signs of political backlash at home," October 6, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits," accessed September 9, 2013
  17. Roll Call, "Bentivolio Gets Primary Challenger in Michigan | #MI11," September 4, 2013
  18. American Bazaar Online, "Dr. Anil Kumar to vie for Congressional seat from 11th District of Michigan," accessed February 25, 2014
  19. Detroit Free Press, "Ex-State Dept. official Bobby McKenzie seeks to unseat Kerry Bentivolio," October 24, 2013
  20. Brenda Lawrence For Congress, accessed December 13, 2013
  21. Mark Schaur for Governor Campaign Website, "Home," accessed May 29, 2013
  22. Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
  23. Ann Arbor, "Ann Arbor man looks to wage Independent campaign for governor of Michigan," May 30, 2013
  24. Michigan Live, "Tim Skubick: Tea Party could be 2014 election headache for Gov. Rick Snyder," August 27, 2013
  25. Hartland Patch, Hartland TEA Party Leader Enters Race for Michigan Lt. Governor, August 26, 2013
  26. Twitter, Chris Arndt's Twitter, accessed December 23, 2013
  27. M Live, Mark Totten announces bid for attorney general, explains why he wants to take on Bill Schuette, June 17, 2013
  28. The Detroit News, "Peters 'considering' run for Levin's seat as 5 GOP members drop out," March 8, 2013
  29. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  30. Michigan Department of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed December 19, 2013
  31. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014