Ohio elections, 2014

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



Ohio

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

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2014 elections

Races to watch in Ohio

State Executive Officials


See also: Ohio state executive official elections, 2014

The Ohio gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbents John Kasich (R) and Mary Taylor first won election in 2010 and ran successfully for re-election in 2014.[1]

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan had been considered a strong potential Democratic candidate for the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial election, but ultimately opted against entering the race in March of 2013. He decided that challenging incumbent Gov. John Kasich (R) was not worth forfeiting his seat in the U.S. House, particularly in light of his reappointment to the influential Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress.[2] [3][4] Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, with running mate Sharen Neuhardt, won the Democratic primary on May 6, 2014.

Kasich and Taylor defeated the Democratic ticket of Fitzgerald and Neuhardt as well as Green Party candidates Anita Rios and Bob Fitrakis to win the general election.[5][6]


Ohio State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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

U.S. House of Representatives elections in Ohio

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

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Ohio will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect 16 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 16 congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 5, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Ohio has a mostly closed primary system, in which voters must vote in the same party's primary as in the previous election, or register with the other party to switch.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Ohio elections, 2014

Incumbent: N/A

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds 12 of the 16 congressional seats from Ohio.

Members of the U.S. House from Ohio -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 4 4
     Republican Party 12 12
Total 16 16

Incumbents

Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the 16 congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Steve Chabot Ends.png Republican 1
Brad Wenstrup Ends.png Republican 2
Joyce Beatty Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Jim Jordan Ends.png Republican 4
Bob Latta Ends.png Republican 5
Bill Johnson Ends.png Republican 6
Bob Gibbs Ends.png Republican 7
John Boehner Ends.png Republican 8
Marcy Kaptur Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Mike Turner Ends.png Republican 10
Marcia Fudge Electiondot.png Democratic 11
Patrick Tiberi Ends.png Republican 12
Tim Ryan Electiondot.png Democratic 13
David Joyce Ends.png Republican 14
Steve Stivers Ends.png Republican 15
Jim Renacci Ends.png Republican 16

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


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

*Garrett ran as a write-in candidate in the primary and received 799 votes, which was enough to put her on the general election ballot.[10]


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

5th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

7th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Disqualified

Independent Dan Phillip - Independent[15]


8th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew from race


9th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file


10th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Not running

11th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

12th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

13th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


14th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

15th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

16th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

State executive official elections in Ohio

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See also: Ohio state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Ohio
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Six state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Ohio.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Ohio:

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.

Governor


General election

Republican Party John Kasich/Mary Taylor Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbents [32]
Democratic Party Ed FitzGerald/Sharen Neuhardt[33][34]
Green Party Anita Rios/Bob Fitrakis[35][36]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Larry Ealy/Ken Gray[37]

Disqualified

Green Party Dennis S. Spisak/Suzanne Patzer[38]
Libertarian Party Charlie Earl/Sherry Clark[39][40]

Declined to run or withdrew

Democratic Party Tim Ryan - U.S. House Rep. Ohio's 13th Congressional District[41][42]
Democratic Party Betty Sutton - Former 13th District House Rep.[41][43]
Democratic Party Richard Cordray - Director of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and former attorney general, state treasurer[41]
Democratic Party Todd Portune - Hamilton County Commissioner[44][45]

Lieutenant Governor


Lost in primary

Attorney General


Disqualified

Secretary of State


Republican Party Jon Husted Green check mark transparent.png- Incumbent
Democratic Party Nina Turner - Ohio State Senator[51]
Libertarian Party Kevin Knedler - state Libertarian Party chairman[52][53]

Disqualified

Libertarian Party Aaron Keith Harris - Writer and communications consultant[54]

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Treasurer Josh Mandel
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2011 Running Republican Party Josh Mandel
Democratic Party Connie Pillich
Republican Party Josh Mandel No
Auditor of State Dave Yost
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2011 Running Republican Party Dave Yost
Democratic Party John Patrick Carney
Libertarian Party Bob Bridges
Republican Party Dave Yost No


State Senate election in Ohio

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

Elections for the office of Ohio State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Ohio State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 23 23
Total 33 33

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 1District 3District 5District 7District 9District 11District 13District 15District 17District 19District 21District 23District 25District 27District 29District 31District 33

State House elections in Ohio

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

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Ohio House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 38 34
     Republican Party 60 65
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 99 99

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 99

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Contents
1 Local ballot measure elections in Ohio
1.1 Elections by date

Local ballot measure elections in Ohio

See also: Local ballot measures, Ohio and Local ballot measure elections in 2014

Elections by date

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...click here for all 2014 Ohio local measures.

Voting in Ohio

See also: Voting in Ohio
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Important voting information

  • Ohio has a mixed primary system. Voters must vote in the primary of same party as the voter participated in last primary election, but it is loosely enforced. However, if a voter wishes to vote in another party's primary, he or she must register with that party in order to vote.
  • As of December 2014, Ohio 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 Ohio, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Ohio is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 29 days before an election and ends the day prior to election day.[55] 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.

2014 developments

On February 21, 2014, Governor John Kasich signed into law two bills that altered the state's early and absentee voting provisions. Senate Bill 238 eliminated "Golden Week," a period during which state residents could register and vote on the same day, and shortened the early voting period by a week. Senate Bill 238 reduced the number of voting days from 35 to 29. Senate Bill 205 required the Secretary of State to get funding approval from the legislature before mailing absentee ballot applications statewide.[56]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald denounced the bills as "outrageous and unnecessary and totally motivated by a desire to make it tougher to vote." He also indicated that he had directed his county law director to review the bills for possible legal action.[56]

The bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials has said that allowing individuals to both register and vote on the same day results in difficulties in properly validating voters.[56]

On May 1, 2014, the following plaintiffs brought a case challenging the reduction of early voting days against Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio:[57]

2012 developments

The Supreme Court let the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit stand on October 16, 2012, in a one-sentence order. The Appeals Court ruled earlier that early voting must be offered to all voters if it is offered to the military, and the Supreme Court's decision finally put the issue to rest. This decision marked a victory for the Obama campaign, which sued to overturn the restrictions put into place by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.[58]

Previously, early voting had been restored during the last three days before the November 6 election for all Ohio citizens by a federal district court. From there, the decision was appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and finally to the Supreme Court.[59]

U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus said, "This Court notes that restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters through the Monday before Election Day does not deprive [military] voters from early voting." He went on to say, "Instead, and more importantly, it places all Ohio voters on equal standing."[59]

The lawsuit was filed in response to a directive which allowed certain individuals, specifically military personnel and their families, to vote in the three days preceding the election, while disallowing all others.[59]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Ohio ranked 27th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Ohio received an overall score of 64 percent.[60]

See also

References

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