Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 state legislative elections

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While each state holds a primary, the amount of time between signature filing deadlines can differ greatly. In 2014, candidates running for state legislative office in North Dakota had just 64 days between their filing deadline and primary. Meanwhile, candidates in Missouri had a massive 133 days, more than double that of North Dakota, to campaign for the primary election. On average, candidates were given about 84 days between the filing deadline and primary election to get their message to voters.
See also: State legislative elections, 2014

Election dates

Illinois and Texas opened the 2014 campaign season with filing deadlines in December 2013. The latest filing deadline in 2014 was in New York on July 10.

The 2014 state legislative primaries started in Texas on March 4 and ended on September 9 with a cluster of primaries in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.

The state legislative filing deadlines and primary dates listed by month were as follows:

Filing deadlines

The number of days between the candidate filing deadline and primary election vary widely from state to state

December

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Primaries

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Length of primary campaigns

While each state holds a primary, the amount of time between signature filing deadlines can differ greatly. In 2014, candidates running for state legislative office in North Dakota had just 64 days between their filing deadline and primary. Meanwhile, candidates in Missouri had a massive 133 days, more than double that of North Dakota, to campaign for the primary election. On average, candidates were given about 84 days between the filing deadline and primary election to get their message to voters.

Primary Information for 2014

Note: The signature-filing deadline is the date by which candidates must file nominating signatures with election officials in order to have their name placed on the ballot.

Note: Ballot access is a complicated issue. The dates in the table below are primarily for candidates filing for access to the primary. For more detailed information about each state's qualification requirements -- including all relevant ballot access dates for the primary and general election -- click to our detailed pages in the state column.

2014 State Legislative Primary Information
State Filing Deadline Primary Date Days from Deadline to Primary
Alabama Red padlock.png 2/7/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 116
Alaska Red padlock.png 6/2/2014[1] Red padlock.png 8/19/2014 78
Arizona Red padlock.png 5/28/2014[2] Red padlock.png 8/26/2014 90
Arkansas Red padlock.png 3/3/2014[3][4] Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 78
California Red padlock.png 3/7/2014[5][6][7] Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 88
Colorado Red padlock.png 3/31/2014[8][9] Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 85
Connecticut Red padlock.png 6/10/2014[10] Red padlock.png 8/12/2014 90
Delaware Red padlock.png 7/8/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 63
Florida Red padlock.png 6/20/2014[11][12] Red padlock.png 8/26/2014 67
Georgia Red padlock.png 3/7/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 74
Hawaii Red padlock.png 6/3/2014[13] Red padlock.png 8/9/2014 67
Idaho Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 78
Illinois Red padlock.png 12/2/2013 Red padlock.png 3/18/2014 106
Indiana Red padlock.png 2/7/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 88
Iowa Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 81
Kansas Red padlock.png 6/2/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 65
Kentucky Red padlock.png 1/28/2014[14][15] Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 112
Maine Red padlock.png 3/17/2014[16] Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 85
Maryland Red padlock.png 2/25/2014[17] Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 119
Massachusetts Red padlock.png 6/3/2014[18] Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 98
Michigan Red padlock.png 4/22/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 105
Minnesota Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 Red padlock.png 8/12/2014 70
Missouri Red padlock.png 3/25/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 133
Montana Red padlock.png 3/10/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 85
Nebraska Red padlock.png 3/3/2014[19] Red padlock.png 5/13/2014 85
Nevada Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 88
New Hampshire Red padlock.png 6/13/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 88
New Mexico Red padlock.png 2/4/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 119
New York Red padlock.png 7/10/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 61
North Carolina Red padlock.png 2/28/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 67
North Dakota Red padlock.png 4/7/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 64
Ohio Red padlock.png 2/5/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 90
Oklahoma Red padlock.png 4/11/2014 Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 74
Oregon Red padlock.png 3/11/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 70
Pennsylvania Red padlock.png 3/11/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 70
Rhode Island Red padlock.png 6/25/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 76
South Carolina Red padlock.png 3/30/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 72
South Dakota Red padlock.png 3/25/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 70
Tennessee Red padlock.png 4/3/2014 Red padlock.png 8/7/2014 126
Texas Red padlock.png 12/9/2013 Red padlock.png 3/4/2014 85
Utah Red padlock.png 3/20/2014 Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 96
Vermont Red padlock.png 6/12/2014 Red padlock.png 8/26/2014 75
Washington Red padlock.png 5/17/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 80
West Virginia Red padlock.png 1/25/2014 Red padlock.png 5/13/2014 108
Wisconsin Red padlock.png 6/2/2014 Red padlock.png 8/12/2014 71
Wyoming Red padlock.png 5/30/2014 Red padlock.png 8/19/2014 81


States with no 2014 election

See also:State legislative elections, 2014

The following four states will not hold state legislative elections in 2014.

Note: Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico and South Carolina will not hold any state senate elections in 2014.

See also

References

  1. Alaska Statutes, "Section 15.25, Nomination of Candidates," accessed October 31, 2013
  2. Secretary of State Website, "2014 Election Important Dates," accessed November 4, 2013
  3. Running for Public Office, "A 'Plain English' Handbook for Candidates," 2012 Edition, accessed October 21, 2013
  4. Arkansas Code of 1987, "Title 7, Elections," accessed October 30, 2013
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  8. Colorado Secretary of State Website, "Major Political Parties FAQs," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Elections," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Connecticut Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions, Nominating Papers," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Florida Department of State Division of Elections, "2013-2014 Dates to Remember," accessed November 6, 2013
  12. 2013 Florida Statutes, "Section 99.061," accessed December 2, 2014
  13. Hawaii State Legislature, "HRS §12-6 Nomination papers: time for filing; fees", accessed May 22, 2013
  14. 2014 Kentucky Election Calendar, accessed November 12, 2013
  15. Kentucky State Board of Elections "Candidate Qualifications and Filing Fees" accessed November 26, 2011
  16. Maine Secretary of State "State of Maine 2014 Candidate's Guide to Ballot Access," accessed February 11, 2014
  17. The State Board of Elections, "Candidacy," accessed November 5, 2013
  18. 2014 Massachusetts State Primary and State Election Schedule, accessed December 2, 2013
  19. Official Election Calendar for the State of Nebraska, accessed November 18, 2014