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{{tnr}}{{pt1}}[[Maine elections, 2015|2015]]{{pt2}}[[Maine elections, 2013|2013]]{{pt3}}'''Maine election information for 2014''' is listed below.
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The '''state of [[Maine]] will hold elections''' in 2014. Below are the dates of note:
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* [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 state government elections|Signature filing deadline]]: '''March 17, 2014'''
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* Voter registration deadline for Primary election: '''May 20, 2014'''
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* [[Ballotpedia:Calendar|Primary date]]: '''June 10, 2014'''
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* Voter registration deadline for General election: '''October 14, 2014'''
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* [[Ballotpedia:Calendar|General election date]]: '''November 4, 2014'''
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==2014 elections==
 
==2014 elections==
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===Races to watch in Maine===
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'''''Maine State Legislature'''''
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::''See also: [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014]] and [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014]]''
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{{ME SLP 2014}}
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===Elections by type===
 
===Elections by type===
=U.S. Senate=
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::''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014]]''
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[[File:CongressLogo.png|right|200px|link=Portal:Congress]]
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::''See also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2014]]''
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==U.S. Senate elections in Maine==
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::''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014]] and [[United States Senate elections, 2014]]''
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Voters in [[Maine]] '''will elect one member to the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2014|U.S. Senate]]''' in the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|election on November 4, 2014]].
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The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by [[Susan Collins]] (R). Collins was first elected in 1996.
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===Candidates===
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{{Cong 2014 cand early}}
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*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]: ''Incumbent''
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*{{reddot}} [[Erick Bennett]]: Director of Maine Equal Rights Center<ref>[http://www.portlanddailysun.me/index.php/newsx/news-briefs/10867-bennett-announces-primary-bid-against-collins-for-u-s-senate ''Portland Daily Sun,'' "Bennett announces primary bid against Collins for U.S. Senate," accessed December 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20131202-NEWS-131209969 ''Seacoast Online,'' "Conservative Erick Bennett to challenge Sen. Collins in Maine," accessed December 3, 2013]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Shenna Bellows]]<ref>[http://downeasttodc.bangordailynews.com/2013/09/12/home/susan-collins-democratic-senate-challenger-may-be-aclus-shenna-bellows/ ''Downeast to DC,'' "Susan Collins’ Democratic Senate Challenger May Be ACLU’s Shenna Bellows," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>
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===Race background===
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Despite the fact that [[United States congressional delegations from Maine|Maine]] is considered a [[Democratic|blue state]], [[Susan Collins]] ([[Republican|R]]) is generally considered safe in her bid for re-election in 2014.<ref name="safe">[http://atr.rollcall.com/maine-collins-looks-safe-from-both-left-and-right/ ''Roll Call,'' "Maine: Collins Looks Safe, From Both Left and Right," accessed October 24, 2013]</ref>
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[[Republican]] consultant Erik Potholm commented on the race, saying “She may be the strongest Republican incumbent in the country. She has sky high approval numbers and has become a political rock star in Maine. In the past she has easily crushed top tier Dem challengers like [former Rep.] Tom Allen and [now-Rep.] Chellie Pingree,” he added. “I doubt any credible Dems will take her on this cycle. They would be crazy to do so.”<ref name="safe"/>
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===Issues===
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'''''Government shutdown'''''
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. [[Susan Collins]] voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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[[File:CongressLogo.png|right|200px|link=Portal:Congress]]
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{{TOC maker|1=U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine|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 Maine==
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::''See also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2014]] and [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014]]''
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The [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014|2014 U.S. House of Representatives]] elections in [[Maine]] will take place on [[United States Congress elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]. Voters '''will elect two candidates to serve in the [[U.S. House]]''', one from each of the state's two congressional districts.
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===Partisan breakdown===
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Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds both of the two congressional seats from [[Maine]].
 
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=State Executives=
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===Incumbents===
::''See also: [[Maine state executive official elections, 2014]]''
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Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the seven congressional districts are:
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Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the two congressional districts are:
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |'''Name'''
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| [[Chellie Pingree]]||{{blue dot}}|| 1
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===List of candidates by district===
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===[[Maine's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014|1st Congressional District]]===
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===[[Maine's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014|2nd Congressional District]]===
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='''State Executives'''=
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==State executive official elections in Maine==
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[[File:StateExecLogo transparent.png|right|200px|link=Portal:State Executive Officials]]
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::''See also: [[Maine state executive official elections, 2014]] and [[State executive official elections, 2014]]''
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The '''Maine gubernatorial election''' will take place on [[State executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]. Incumbent [[Paul LePage]] (R) is running for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.
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===Candidates===
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===Race background===
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='''State Senate'''=
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==State Senate election in Maine==
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[[File:SLP badge.png|right|200px|link=Portal:State Legislatures]]
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::''See also: [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014]] and [[State legislative elections, 2014]]''
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{{ME Senate 2014}}
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===Majority control===
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: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
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Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the [[Maine State Senate]]:
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===List of candidates by district===
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::''Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.''
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[[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 1|District 1]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 2|District 2]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 3|District 3]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 4|District 4]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 5|District 5]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 6|District 6]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 7|District 7]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 8|District 8]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 9|District 9]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 10|District 10]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 11|District 11]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 12|District 12]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 13|District 13]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 14|District 14]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 15|District 15]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 16|District 16]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 17|District 17]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 18|District 18]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 19|District 19]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 20|District 20]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 21|District 21]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 22|District 22]]• [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 23|District 23]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 24|District 24]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 25|District 25]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 26|District 26]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 27|District 27]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 28|District 28]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 29|District 29]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 30|District 30]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 31|District 31]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 32|District 32]]• [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 33|District 33]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 34|District 34]] • [[Maine State Senate elections, 2014#District 35|District 35]]
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='''State House'''=
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==State House elections in Maine==
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[[File:SLP badge.png|right|200px|link=Portal:State Legislatures]]
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::''See also: [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014]] and [[State legislative elections, 2014]]''
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{{TOC maker|1=State House elections in Maine|1.1=Majority control|1.2=List of candidates by district}}
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{{ME House 2014}}
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===Majority control===
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: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state senates]]''
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Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the [[Maine House of Representatives]]:
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===List of candidates by district===
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::''Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.''
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[[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 1|District 1]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 2|District 2]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 3|District 3]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 4|District 4]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 5|District 5]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 6|District 6]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 7|District 7]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 8|District 8]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 9|District 9]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 10|District 10]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 11|District 11]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 12|District 12]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 13|District 13]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 14|District 14]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 15|District 15]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 16|District 16]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 17|District 17]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 18|District 18]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 19|District 19]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 20|District 20]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 21|District 21]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 22|District 22]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 23|District 23]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 24|District 24]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 25|District 25]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 26|District 26]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 27|District 27]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 28|District 28]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 29|District 29]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 30|District 30]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 31|District 31]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 32|District 32]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 33|District 33]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 34|District 34]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 35|District 35]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 36|District 36]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 37|District 37]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 38|District 38]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 39|District 39]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 40|District 40]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 41|District 41]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 42|District 42]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 43|District 43]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 44|District 44]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 45|District 45]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 46|District 46]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 47|District 47]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 48|District 48]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 49|District 49]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 50|District 50]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 51|District 51]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 52|District 52]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 53|District 53]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 54|District 54]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 55|District 55]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 56|District 56]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 57|District 57]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 58|District 58]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 59|District 59]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 60|District 60]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 61|District 61]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 62|District 62]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 63|District 63]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 64|District 64]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 65|District 65]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 66|District 66]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 67|District 67]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 68|District 68]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 69|District 69]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 70|District 70]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 71|District 71]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 72|District 72]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 73|District 73]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 74|District 74]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 75|District 75]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 76|District 76]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 77|District 77]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 78|District 78]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 79|District 79]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 80|District 80]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 81|District 81]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 82|District 82]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 83|District 83]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 84|District 84]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 85|District 85]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 86|District 86]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 87|District 87]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 88|District 88]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 89|District 89]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 90|District 90]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 91|District 91]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 92|District 92]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 93|District 93]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 94|District 94]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 95|District 95]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 96|District 96]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 97|District 97]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 98|District 98]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 99|District 99]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 100|District 100]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 101|District 101]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 102|District 102]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 103|District 103]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 104|District 104]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 105|District 105]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 106|District 106]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 107|District 107]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 108|District 108]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 109|District 109]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 110|District 110]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 111|District 111]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 112|District 112]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 113|District 113]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 114|District 114]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 115|District 115]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 116|District 116]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 117|District 117]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 118|District 118]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 119|District 119]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 120|District 120]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 121|District 121]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 122|District 122]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 123|District 123]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 124|District 124]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 125|District 125]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 126|District 126]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 127|District 127]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 128|District 128]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 129|District 129]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 130|District 130]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 131|District 131]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 132|District 132]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 133|District 133]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 134|District 134]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 135|District 135]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 136|District 136]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 137|District 137]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 138|District 138]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 139|District 139]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 140|District 140]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 141|District 141]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 142|District 142]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 143|District 143]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 144|District 144]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 145|District 145]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 146|District 146]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 147|District 147]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 148|District 148]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 149|District 149]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 150|District 150]] • [[Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 151|District 151]]
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='''Statewide ballot measures'''=
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[[File:BallotMeasureFinal badge.png|right|200px|link=Portal:Ballot measures]]
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==Statewide ballot measure elections in Maine==
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::''See also: [[Maine 2014 ballot measures]] and [[2014 ballot measures]]''
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'''No statewide ballot measures''' are certified for the [[2014 ballot measures|2014 statewide ballot]] in [[Maine]].
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==Potential measures==
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==Voting in Maine==
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::''See also: [[Voting in Maine]]''
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[[File:Voting Absentee Early Map.jpg|right]]
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===Important voting information===
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* [[Maine]] uses a [[closed primary]] system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
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* {{online voter registration by state|state=Maine|allow=no|website=|other=}}
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===Voting absentee===
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::''See also: [[Absentee voting#Absentee voting|Absentee voting by state]]''
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For information about '''eligibility''', '''deadlines''', '''military and overseas voting''' and '''updates to the voting laws in Maine''', please visit our [[Absentee voting#Absentee voting|absentee voting by state]] page.
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===Voting early===
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::''See also: [[Early voting]]''
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{{MEearly}}
 
==Elections Performance Index==
 
==Elections Performance Index==
::See also: [[Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index]]''
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::''See also: [[Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index]]''
 
{{Pew election performance writeup|State=Maine|Rank=14th|Percent=69}}
 
{{Pew election performance writeup|State=Maine|Rank=14th|Percent=69}}
 
 
==See also==
 
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* [[Portal:Elections|Elections portal]]
* [[2014 election dates]]
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* [[Ballotpedia:Calendar|Elections and events calendar]]
* [[Election results|Election result resources]]
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* [[Voter guides]]
 
* [[Voter guides]]
 
* [[State Blue Books]]
 
* [[State Blue Books]]
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* [[State Poll Opening and Closing Times]]
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* [[State Election Result Canvassing]]
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* [[State by State Voter ID Laws|State voter ID laws]]
 
* [[Voting in Maine]]
 
* [[Voting in Maine]]
 
* [[Absentee voting]]
 
* [[Absentee voting]]
 
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* [[Early voting]]
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* [[:Category:Terms and definitions|Election terms and definitions]]
 
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Revision as of 01:13, 3 January 2014

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



Maine

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

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Maine State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic 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 for the office of Maine House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Maine
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Issues

U.S. Senate elections in Maine

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

Voters in Maine will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. Maine 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] The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins (R). Collins 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 background

Despite the fact that Maine is considered a blue state, Susan Collins (R) is generally considered safe in her bid for re-election in 2014.[7]

Republican consultant Erik Potholm commented on the race, saying “She may be the strongest Republican incumbent in the country. She has sky high approval numbers and has become a political rock star in Maine. In the past she has easily crushed top tier Dem challengers like [former Rep.] Tom Allen and [now-Rep.] Chellie Pingree,” he added. “I doubt any credible Dems will take her on this cycle. They would be crazy to do so.”[7]

Issues

Government shutdown

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.[8] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Susan Collins voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[9]

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1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district

U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine

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

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

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds both of the two congressional seats from Maine.

Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 2 Pending
     Republican Party 0 Pending
Total 2 2

Incumbents

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

Name Party District
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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

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Declined to run

Withdrew prior to the primary

State executive official elections in Maine

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See also: Maine state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
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1 State executive official elections in Maine
1.1 Governor

The Maine gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Paul LePage (R) is running for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Governor


Candidates

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.

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Paul LePage is running for a second term as governor in 2014.[41][34] The often divisive Republican is widely considered one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election this year. Sources ranging from Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have rated the 2014 Maine governor's race as a tossup.[42][43][44][45] In June 2013, after Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud launched his bid for the office, LePage briefly indicated interest in running for Michaud's seat in the U.S. House in 2014 as a way to avoid the risk of such a formidable challenge.[46][34] Though his threat of a congressional run amounted to nothing, LePage proved he is not impervious to the pessimism surrounding his re-election campaign.

On November 4, 2013, after establishing himself as the race's front-runner, Michaud disclosed in an op-ed column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets that he is gay.[47] Michaud emphasized that his sexuality is irrelevant to his ability to perform as governor, if elected. He said he came out in response to "whisper campaigns" instigated by opponents in order to cast suspicion about his personal life.[48] The revelation puts Michaud in the running - alongside 2014 Maryland gubernatorial hopeful state Rep. Heather Mizeur - to become the first openly gay man or woman to be elected governor in the nation's history.

State Senate election in Maine

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See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
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1 State Senate election in Maine
1.1 Majority control
1.2 List of candidates by district

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Maine State Senate:

Maine State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 19 Pending
     Republican Party 15 Pending
     Independent 1 Pending
Total 35 35

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 35

State House elections in Maine

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See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
Contents
1 State House elections in Maine
1.1 Majority control
1.2 List of candidates by district

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Maine House of Representatives
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 89 Pending
     Republican Party 58 Pending
     Independent 4 Pending
Total 151 151

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 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 110District 111District 112District 113District 114District 115District 116District 117District 118District 119District 120District 121District 122District 123District 124District 125District 126District 127District 128District 129District 130District 131District 132District 133District 134District 135District 136District 137District 138District 139District 140District 141District 142District 143District 144District 145District 146District 147District 148District 149District 150District 151

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Maine

See also: Maine 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

No statewide ballot measures are certified for the 2014 statewide ballot in Maine.

Potential measures

Type Title Subject Description

Abortion || Requires parental consent for minors seeking to have an abortion

Voting in Maine

See also: Voting in Maine
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Important voting information

  • Maine uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
  • As of July 2014, Maine 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 Maine, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Maine is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends the day before election day.[49]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Maine ranked 14th 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. Maine received an overall score of 69%.[50]

See also

References

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