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



Kentucky

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

2014 elections and events in Kentucky
Signature filing deadline for party candidates January 28, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates for primary election April 1, 2014
Deadline for general election candidates running for state office to file a statement of candidacy April 1, 2014
Voter registration deadline for primary election April 21, 2014
Primary election date May 20, 2014
Filing deadline for general election candidates August 12, 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
School board elections November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Kentucky in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
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U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Unscheduled electiond
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (0 measures) Unscheduled electiond
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona
State courts Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Kentucky

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Facing both legitimate challenges from his own party and the Democratic Party, Sen. Mitch McConnell faced his toughest re-election campaign yet. Democratic frontrunner Alison Lundergan Grimes showed strong fundraising and media attention.


Kentucky State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Kentucky State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 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 Kentucky House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic 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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1 U.S. Senate elections in Kentucky
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Primary to watch
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U.S. Senate elections in Kentucky

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 28, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kentucky 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Kentucky elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mitch McConnell (R). McConnell was first elected in 1984.

Kentucky is a solidly Republican state.[5]

Candidates


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was January 28, 2014.

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Failed to file

Withdrew

Declined to run

Race background


In 2008, Mitch McConnell won re-election to a fifth term and became Kentucky's longest serving senator.[28] McConnell spent approximately $20 million on his last election, beating Democrat Bruce Lunsford, a Kentucky businessman, by 6 percentage points.[28]

McConnell served as the Republican Party Whip from 2005 to 2007, before he took on the role of Senate Minority Leader in 2007.[29]

Low approval ratings and a primary challenge from tea-party backed Matt Bevin make McConell a vulnerable incumbent in 2014.[30] McConnell was also troubled by the lack of backing from national GOP candidates.[31]

Since Republicans were able to pick up the necessary six seats for a majority in 2014, McConnell is likely to take over as the new Senate Majority Leader.

Primary to watch


The primary battle between Matt Bevin and incumbent Mitch McConnell was highlighted as one of the top five primaries to watch in 2014.[32]

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

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 28, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kentucky 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Kentucky elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds five of the six congressional seats from Kentucky.

Members of the U.S. House from Kentucky -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 5 5
Total 6 6

Incumbents


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

Name Party District
Ed Whitfield Ends.png Republican 1
Brett Guthrie Ends.png Republican 2
John Yarmuth Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Thomas Massie Ends.png Republican 4
Hal Rogers Ends.png Republican 5
Andy Barr Ends.png Republican 6

List of candidates by district


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1st Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

4th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file

5th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file

Withdrew from race

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State Senate election in Kentucky

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

Elections for the office of Kentucky State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Kentucky State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 14 12
     Republican Party 23 26
     Independent 1 0
Total 38 38

List of candidates by district

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

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State House elections in Kentucky

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

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives:

Kentucky House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 54 54
     Republican Party 46 46
Total 100 100

List of candidates by district

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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 100

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Kentucky

See also: Kentucky 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

No state ballot questions have been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Kentucky.

Potential measures


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School board elections in Kentucky

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

In 2014, 665 of America's largest school districts held elections for 2,169 seats. These elections took place in 37 states.


State elections


A total of 13 Kentucky school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 28 seats. Each district held elections on November 4, 2014.

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

The districts listed below served 273,445 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[44] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Kentucky School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Boone County Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 19,306
Bullitt County Public Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 12,873
Christian County Public Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 9,291
Daviess County Public Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 11,310
Fayette County Public Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 37,819
Hardin County Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 14,675
Jefferson County Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 97,331
Kenton County School District 11/4/2014 2 5 14,465
Laurel County Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 9,394
Madison County Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 11,138
Oldham County Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 11,951
Pike County Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 9,982
Warren County Public Schools 11/4/2014 2 5 13,910



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Voting in Kentucky

See also: Voting in Kentucky

Important voting information

  • Kentucky 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.[1][2][3]
  • As of November 2014, Kentucky 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 Kentucky, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Kentucky allows early voting for absentee voters. Early voting begins 12 work days prior to the election and ends on election day.[45] 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.

To vote absentee you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[45]

  • You will be out of the county on election day;
  • You are Military, their Dependents, or an Overseas Citizen;
  • You are Military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within seven days or less of an election;
  • You are a Student who resides outside the county or a resident who temporarily resides outside of the state, and will not be in the county on Election Day;
  • You are a voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day;
  • You are a pregnant woman in your third trimester.
  • You are a Precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct other than his own
  • You are a Alternate precinct officer
  • You are a County Board of Elections’ members
  • You are a County Board of Elections’ staff member
  • You are a Deputy county clerk
  • You are a State Board of Elections’ staff member

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Kentucky ranked 27th 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. Kentucky received an overall score of 64 percent.[46]

See also

References

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  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Voter Information Guide," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Five Thirty Eight "Re-Election Is Likely for McConnell, but Not Guaranteed" Accessed July 8, 2013
  6. Washington Post "Businessman set to enter primary against McConnell" accessed July 22, 2013
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  30. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named lowapp
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