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



Louisiana

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

2014 elections and events in Louisiana
Signature filing deadline for all candidates for primary election August 22, 2014
Voter registration deadline for primary election October 6, 2014
Primary election date November 4, 2014
Statewide ballot measure election November 4, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election November 5, 2014
General election date December 6, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Louisiana 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 Unscheduled electiond
State House Unscheduled electiond
Statewide ballot measures (14 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Louisiana


Louisiana State Legislature


See also: United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014

Having to run against her vote for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare}, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) faces an uphill battle in an increasingly conservative state. However, Republicans did not start the election cycle unified around one candidate.


Elections by type

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Contents
1 U.S. Senate elections in Louisiana
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race ratings
1.3 Race background
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U.S. Senate elections in Louisiana

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

Voters in Louisiana will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[1][2][3] The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mary Landrieu (D). Landrieu was first elected in 1996.

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 ratings


Most vulnerable seats

The Senate race in Louisiana was included on a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list were: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats were held by Democrats.[8]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Louisiana is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Sen. Landrieu has to run while facing the fallout from Obamacare. However, as of late 2013, the GOP was struggling to find a strong candidate.[9]

Race background


According to an April 2013 report, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu raised $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2013, and had $3.5 million cash on hand.[10] However, potential challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) was not far behind, with $2 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter.[8] That far outpaces other possible opponents. In reports from July 2013 Landrieu reported raising $1.7 million during the second quarter and had $4.9 million cash-on-hand.[11]

Republican candidate Rob Maness is seeking the backing of the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a group that backs conservative primary challengers in Senate races, which he says is “a strong supporter of my campaign.”[12][13] Former Rep. Jeff Landry is another possible Republican challenger.

Landrieu has never won more than 52 percent of the vote in her three previous Senate victories.[8] A hypothetical Republican majority in 2015 would require winning this seat.[8]

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said on July 8, 2013, that he has no plans to run against incumbent Mary Landrieu in 2014, despite frequent speculation about his interest.[14] The Republican governor flatly rejected the idea that he wanted to return to Congress, saying when asked about the race, "Absolutely not, emphatically no."[14] He went on to repeat his disinterest several more times, seeking to squelch a rumor that just seems unable to disappear in Louisiana's political circles.[14] "There is no caveat, no wiggle room. I'm not trying to give myself any outs. I have absolutely no interest in running for the United States Senate. I'm not a candidate for the United States Senate. I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate. You can film that. You can write that down. Absolutely not," Jindal repeated when asked about the rumor.[14]

Louisiana GOP statewide tour

In an effort to unseat Mary Landrieu in the 2014 election, the Louisiana Republican Party announced that it is planning a statewide 100-city tour, to the Roots, set to begin in August 2013.[15] "We recognize that we have quite a challenge next year in defeating Senator Landrieu, and it's going to take all hands on deck," said GOP Executive Director Jason Dore. Dore went on to add that the goal of the tour is to determine potential supporters and activists, establish precinct captains and lay the groundwork for 2014.[15] "Identify workers that will go out and encourage their friends and their community to go out and support whoever the Republican candidate ends up being, and vote against Mary Landrieu as we return the Senate to Republican hands," Dore said in a statement regarding the tour.[15]

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

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Louisiana 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. Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[1][2][3]

Partisan breakdown


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

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

Incumbents


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

Name Party District
Steve Scalise Ends.png Republican 1
Cedric Richmond Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Pending Ends.png Republican 3
John Fleming Ends.png Republican 4
Rodney Alexander Ends.png Republican 5
Bill Cassidy Ends.png Republican 6

List of candidates by district


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.

1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

3rd Congressional District

4th Congressional District

5th Congressional District

Potential candidates

Declined to run

6th Congressional District

Potential candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run


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State executive official elections in Louisiana

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See also: Louisiana state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Louisiana
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Down ballot offices

Two down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Louisiana in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Public Service Commission Eric Skrmetta
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2009 Undeclared
Public Service Commission Foster Campbell
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2003 Undeclared

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.

Public Service Commission


Current incumbents

Republican Party Eric Skrmetta (District 1)
Democratic Party Foster Campbell (District 5)

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Louisiana

See also: Louisiana 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Eight statewide ballot questions are certified for the 2014 statewide ballot in Louisiana.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Redemption of Blighted Property Amendment Property Provides redemption period for certain property sold at tax sale
LRCA Hospital Stabilization Fund Amendment Healthcare Provides hospital stabilization formula and assessment, creates Hospital Stabilization Fund
LRCA Medical Assistance Trust Fund Amendment Healthcare Creates Medical Assistance Trust Fund, addresses fees and use of fund
LRCA Artificial Reef Development Fund Protection Amendment Budgets Protects Artificial Reef Development Fund from being used for other purposes
LRCA Tax Rebate Debate Amendment Taxes Limits when tax rebates can be altered by the legislature
LRCA Permanently Disabled Homeowners Tax Break Amendment Taxes Deletes requirement that permanently disabled homeowners certify their income annually to keep property tax rate
LRCA Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption Correction Amendment Constitutional language Makes corrections to language of state's current homestead exemption for disabled veterans
LRCA Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Membership Amendment Admin. of gov't Adds members to the state's Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
LRCA Orleans Parish Tax for Fire and Police Protection Taxes Authorizes Orleans Parish to levy an additional ad valorem tax for fire and police protection
LRCA Mandatory Judicial Retirement Age Amendment Judiciary Removes the retirement age requirement from judicial offices
LRCA State Infrastructure Bank Amendment Banking Creates a state infrastructure bank to issue loans to transportation projects
LRCA Sale of New Orleans Property Amendment Property Authorizes New Orleans to sell property at a price fixed by the legislature in the Lower Ninth Ward
LRCA Tax Collector Involvement in Tax Sales Amendment Taxes Allows agents of tax collectors to assist in the tax sale process and recover costs from fees charged
LRCA Twenty-One Executive Departments Amendment Admin. of gov't Permits upwards of twenty-one state executive departments

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School board elections in Louisiana

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Louisiana school board elections, 2014
Contents
1 School board elections in Louisiana
2 Elections by date
2.1 August 26, 2014
2.2 October 2014
2.3 December 6, 2014

A total of 21 Louisiana school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature 226 seats up for election. Board elections are scheduled throughout the year with four in May, two in October, 12 in November and three in December. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the districts listed below serve 467,051 K-12 students.[58]

Elections by date


Note: Last updated February 1, 2014

A total of 670 school districts are holding elections for 2,153 seats in 2014. This list breaks down the Louisiana school board elections in chronological order:

May 3, 2014

October 2014

November 4, 2014

December 6, 2014


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Voting in Louisiana

See also: Voting in Louisiana

Important voting information

  • Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, meaning that all candidates compete in the same primary election, regardless of party affiliation. The two who receive the most votes then advance to the general election. This also means the primary is an open primary, meaning that citizens do not need to register for a specific party to vote in the primary.
  • As of July 2014, Louisiana is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Louisiana, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Louisiana is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 14 days before an election and ends seven days prior to election day.[59] 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

Louisiana 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. Louisiana received an overall score of 70%.[60]

See also

References

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