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



Montana

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

2014 elections and events in Montana
Signature filing deadline for party candidates March 10, 2014 Red padlock.png
School board election May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for primary election May 6, 2014
Filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates May 27, 2014
Primary election date June 3, 2014
Petition drive deadline for ballot measures June 20, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 5, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014
Statewide ballot measure election November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Montana 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 Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (2 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Montana

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Montana, 2014

The retirement of Sen. Max Baucus gives Republicans a chance for a seat pickup in 2014. However, the announcement that Baucus would not complete his term because of an Obama administration appointment meant that the Democratic governor would have the chance to appoint a Democrat to finish the remainder of the term. Despite this advantage, Republican frontrunner Rep. Steve Daines has notable name recognition and fundraising capabilities.


Montana State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Heading into the election, the Republican 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 Montana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. Heading into the election, the Republican 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 by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Montana
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race ratings
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U.S. Senate elections in Montana

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 10, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Montana is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 6, 2014. However, if the deadline was missed, late registration was available at county election offices up until close of polls on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days before election day).[4]

See also: Montana elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by John Walsh (D). Walsh was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock on February 7, 2014, to fill the Senate seat of Max Baucus after Baucus was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to China on February 6, 2014. Walsh will hold the seat until the 2014 general election on November 4, 2014.

Candidates


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General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Declined to run


Race ratings


Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Montana is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. When Rep. Daines entered the race in late 2013, Republicans had a clear candidate to run for the open seat against Sen. John Walsh[10]

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1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Montana
1.1 Race Background
1.2 Partisan breakdown
1.3 List of candidates
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Montana

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Montana 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
March 10, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Montana is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 6, 2014. However, if the deadline was missed, late registration was available at county election offices up until close of polls on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days before election day).[4]

See also: Montana elections, 2014

Incumbent: The current representative, Steve Daines (R), who was first elected in 2012, is instead seeking election to the Senate in 2014.

Montana has a single at-large congressional district, which makes up the entire state.

Race Background


In the 2012 election Steve Daines secured election by a 10.5% margin of victory. The district has been evaluated as leaning republican, receiving a Partisan Voter Index of from the Cook Political Report. In 2012, the incumbent, Denny Rehberg chose not to run for re-election so that he could compete for the senate seat up for election. As a result Steve Daines and Kim Gillian ran against each for the open seat. The district was listed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[11] Steven Daines was able to outspend his opponent, Kim Gillian, spending $2,021,596, which is close to twice the $991,016 she did.[12]

Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the one congressional seat from Montana.

Members of the U.S. House from Montana -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 0 Pending
     Republican Party 1 Pending
Total 1 1

List of candidates


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General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Declined to run

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State executive official elections in Montana

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See also: Montana state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014

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

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Public Service Commission Travis Kavulla
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2010 Yes
Public Service Commission Bill Gallagher
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2011 No

Public Service Commission


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Current incumbents

Republican Party Travis Kavulla
Republican Party Bill Gallagher

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Incumbent

Public Service Commissioner #5


Incumbent

Candidates

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State Senate election in Montana

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

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Montana State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 21 Pending
     Republican Party 29 Pending
Total 50 50

List of candidates by district

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District 1District 4District 5District 8District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 17District 20District 23District 25District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 35District 39District 40District 42District 44District 48District 49

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State House elections in Montana

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

Elections for the office of Montana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Montana House of Representatives:

Montana House of Representatives
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 39 Pending
     Republican Party 61 Pending
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 Montana

See also: Montana 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Three ballot measures have been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Montana.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA State Auditor Renaming Amendment Admin of Gov't Renames the position of state auditor to commissioner of securities and insurance
LRSS Late Voter Registration Revision Measure Suffrage Closes late voter registration the Friday before election day

Potential measures


Type Title Subject Description

Not on ballot


Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Unborn Child Homicide Measure Law enforcement Adds "unborn child" to list of homicide offenses Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRSS State Employee Retirement Bill Pensions Places all future state employees on 401(k) retirement plans Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRSS "Sheriffs First" Bill Law enforcement Requires that federal agents obtain permission from local sheriffs before making arrests or serving warrants Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

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School board elections in Montana

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

In 2014, 667 of America's largest school districts are holding elections for 2,142 seats. These elections will take place in 38 states.


State elections


A total of one Montana school district among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for three seats. Billings Public Schools held its election on May 6, 2014.

The district listed below served 10,562 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[17] Click on the district name for more information on the district and its school board election.

2014 Montana School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Billings Public Schools 5/6/2014 3 9 10,562



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Voting in Montana

See also: Voting in Montana

Important voting information

  • Montana is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]
  • As of July 2014, Montana 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 Montana, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Montana is one of 34 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 on the day prior to election day.[18]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Montana 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. Montana received an overall score of 70%.[19]

See also

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  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. Montana Secretary of State Website, "Montana Voter Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named politico
  6. Politico, "Democrat Walsh files for Senate in Montana", accessed October 9, 2013
  7. Missoulian.com, "Bohlinger criticizes Baucus, Tester for early backing of Walsh in U.S. Senate race," accessed November 12, 2013
  8. Billings Gazette, "Wilsall rancher/political unknown says he’s running as Democrat for Baucus’ Senate seat," accessed August 16, 2013
  9. Washington Post "Another Democrat passes on Montana Senate race," accessed August 6, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  11. DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"
  12. Open Secrets, "2012 Race: Montana District 01" Accessed March 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Former Baucus state director files paperwork for House race," accessed August 26, 2013
  14. USA Today, "EMILY's List president not running for Senate," accessed July 31, 2013
  15. The Hill, "Rehberg eyes bid for former House seat", accessed January 3, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Montana Secretary of State, Candidate Filing, Accessed March 11, 2014
  17. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  18. Montana Secretary of State "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed December 16, 2013
  19. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014