Montana elections, 2014

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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:

On the 2014 ballot
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2014 elections

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

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 has a mixed primary: Democrats hold an open primary, meaning any registered voter can vote in the party's primary, while Republicans hold a closed caucus, restricted to party members.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Montana elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Max Baucus (D). Baucus was first elected in 1978. In April 2013, Baucus announced he would not seek re-election in 2014. [1] Montana is one of seven open Senate seats heading into the 2014 elections as of July 2013. On December 18, 2013, it was announced that Baucus is expected to be nominated as U.S. Ambassador to China. Should he be appointed before the end of his term, Democratic Governor Steve Bullock would appoint someone to finish out Baucus' term. Speculation is that Bullock would appoint Lt. Governor John Walsh, who is running for Baucus' seat in 2014.[2]

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.

Democratic

Brian Schweitzer, a former Governor of Montana, was widely expected to make a run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by retiring Democrat Max Baucus. However, on July 13, 2013, Schweitzer announced that he would not enter the race.[6]

Denise Juneau, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced on August 5, 2013, that she would not be running for Montana's Senate.

Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily’s List and Monica Lindeen, the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance also announced they will not be running in 2014.[7]

Other potential Democratic candidates include:

  • Democratic Party John Lewis, former aide to Democratic Senator Max Baucus
  • Democratic Party Brian Morris, state Supreme Court Justice

Republican

Republicans who have been mentioned as possible contenders include:

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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

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 has a mixed primary: Democrats hold an open primary, meaning any registered voter can vote in the party's primary, while Republicans hold a closed caucus, restricted to party members.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Montana elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election is Steve Daines (R), who was first elected in 2012. 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.[8] Steven Daines was able to outspend his opponent, Kim Gillian, spending $2,021,596, which is close to twice the $991,016 she did.[9]

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

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


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Declined to run

State executive official elections in Montana

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See also: Montana state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
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1 State executive official elections in Montana
1.1 Public Service Commissioner

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

Current incumbents

Republican Party Travis Kavulla
Republican Party Bill Gallagher

State Senate election in Montana

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

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

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

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

State House elections in Montana

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

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

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 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 Administration 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

School board elections in Montana

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Montana school board elections, 2014
Contents
1 School board elections in Montana
2 Elections by date
2.1 November 4, 2014

A total of one Montana school district among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. This district features three seats up for election. Billings Public Schools has scheduled elections for November 4, 2014. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the district listed below serves 10,562 K-12 students.[13]

Elections by date

Note: Last updated January 1, 2014

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

November 4, 2014

Voting in Montana

See also: Voting in Montana
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Important voting information

  • Montana has a mixed primary system. Republicans have a closed caucus, while Democrats have an open primary.
  • 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.[14]

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%.[15]

See also

References