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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 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Alaska

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

On the 2014 ballot
Find current election news and links here.
U.S. Senate Approveda
U.S. House Approveda
State Executives Approveda
State Senate Approveda
State House Approveda
Statewide ballot measures (4 measure) Approveda
Local ballot measures Defeatedd
School boards Approveda

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 Issues
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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 will elect 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 has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Alaska elections, 2014

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

Candidates


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Race background


Incumbent Mark Begich is 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 it's poor implementation thus far, is likely to be a major issue that Begich will have to overcome in order to win re-election.

Issues


Government shutdown

Mark Begich

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[1] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Mark Begich voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[2]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Alaska
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Candidates
1.3 Issues
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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 will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect 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 has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Alaska elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election is 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 holds 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


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.===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

Democratic PartyLibertarian PartyLimeslashed.png ADL Primary[3]

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

Issues


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[4] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[5] Don Young voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[6]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[7] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Don Young voted for HR 2775.[8]

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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 are up for election in 2014 in the state of Alaska.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Alaska:

List of candidates by office

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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[9][10]
Libertarian Party Carolyn "Care" Clift/Andrew C. Lee[11][12]
Constitution Party J.R. Myers/Maria Rensel[13]

Lost in the primary

Gubernatorial

Republican

Republican Party Gerald L. "Tap" Heikes[12]
Republican Party Russ Millette[12]
Republican Party Brad Snowden[14]

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

Democratic Party Phil Stoddard[15][12]

Lieutenant gubernatorial

Republican

Republican Party Kelly Wolf[12]

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

Democratic Party Bob Williams - Teacher in Mat-Su, Alaska[16]

Withdrew after primary

Independent (Unaffiliated) Craig Fleener (Former running mate of Bill Walker) - Former Deputy Commissioner of Fish and Game and military veteran[17][18]
Democratic Party Hollis French - Democratic member of the Alaska State Senate representing District J[19][20][12]

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 holds 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

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

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 holds 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

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 40

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Alaska

See also: Alaska 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

One statewide ballot measure has been 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


Proposed 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

Elections by date


Note: Last updated January 1, 2014

A total of 666 school districts are holding elections for 2,141 seats in 2014. This list breaks down the Alaska school board elections in chronological order:

April 1, 2014

October 7, 2014

November 4, 2014


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Voting in Alaska

See also: Voting in Alaska
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Important voting information

  • Alaska uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
  • 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.[28] 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.[29]

See also

References

  1. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  2. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  3. 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.
  4. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  5. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  6. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  8. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Alaska Dispatch News, "Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race," September 1, 2014
  10. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "2014 General Election candidates," accessed September 5, 2014
  11. CareClift for Alaska Facebook page, "Homepage," accessed May 19, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 State of Alaska Division of Elections, "2014 Governor candidates," accessed June 12, 2014
  13. J.R. Myers for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 27, 2014
  14. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 22, 2014
  15. Phil Stoddard for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Stoddard for Governor," accessed September 10, 2013
  16. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed August 8, 2013
  17. The Anchorage Daily-News, "Walker chooses Fleener as running mate in Independent bid for governor," October 14, 2013
  18. Alaska Dispatch, "Craig Fleener declares run for lieutenant governor with independent Bill Walker," October 14, 2013
  19. The Anchorage Daily News, "French to run for Lieutenant Governor," October 16, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage Democrat French considering run for governor, August 14, 2013
  21. " KTUU.com, "Mayor Dan Sullivan Announces Intent to Run for Lt. Governor," June 19, 2013 (dead link)
  22. Alaska Dispatch News, "Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race," September 1, 2014
  23. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "2014 General Election candidates," accessed September 5, 2014
  24. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "August 19, 2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed August 8, 2013
  25. The Anchorage Daily-News, "Walker chooses Fleener as running mate in Independent bid for governor," October 14, 2013
  26. Alaska Dispatch, "Craig Fleener declares run for lieutenant governor with independent Bill Walker," October 14, 2013
  27. The Anchorage Daily News, "French to run for Lieutenant Governor," October 16, 2013
  28. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Absentee Early and In-person Voting," accessed December 18, 2013
  29. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014