Oregon elections, 2014

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



Oregon

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

On the 2014 ballot
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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 (3 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Unscheduled electiond

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Oregon

Oregon State Legislature


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

Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 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 Oregon House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 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 by type

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

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Oregon has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Oregon elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Jeff Merkley (D). Merkley was first elected in 2008.

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.

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Incumbent Jeff Merkley, who was at the time the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, defeated two-term Republican incumbent Gordon H. Smith with 49% of the vote in 2008 to win the seat.[4] Merkley is seeking election to a second term in 2014.[5]

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.[6] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Jeff Merkley voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[7]

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1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Oregon
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 Oregon

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

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

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Oregon has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Oregon elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds four of the five congressional seats from Oregon.

Members of the U.S. House from Oregon -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 4 Pending
     Republican Party 1 Pending
Total 5 5

Incumbents


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

Name Party District
Suzanne Bonamici Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Greg Walden Ends.png Republican 2
Earl Blumenauer Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Peter DeFazio Electiondot.png Democratic 4
Kurt Schrader Electiondot.png Democratic 5

List of candidates by district


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

1st Congressional District

2nd Congressional District

3rd Congressional District

4th Congressional District

5th Congressional District

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State executive official elections in Oregon

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

Two state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Oregon.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Oregon:

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


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Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Commissioner of Labor and Industries Brad Avakian
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2008 Yes


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State Senate election in Oregon

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

Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Oregon State Senate
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 16 Pending
     Republican Party 14 Pending
Total 30 30

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 3District 4District 6District 7District 8District 10District 11District 13District 15District 16District 17District 19District 20District 24District 26

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State House elections in Oregon

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

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Oregon House of Representatives
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 34 Pending
     Republican Party 26 Pending
Total 60 60

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 60

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Oregon

See also: Oregon 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

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

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SJR 1 Education Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
LRCA SJR 34 Judiciary Amends Oregon Constitution so state judges can be hired by the National Guard and public universities
VR Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum Immigration Allows for a popular vote on Senate Bill 833

Potential measures


Type Title Subject Description
CICA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage and family Allows same-sex marriage within the state
CICA No Dues Collection by Government Amendment Labor and unions Prohibits all payroll deductions from public employees to/on behalf of any public employee union
CISS Affordable Renewable Energy Act Energy Removes conditional limitations on use of hydroelectric power to comply with utilities' renewable portfolio standards
CISS Right to Vote on All New Taxes Initiative Taxes Requires a majority of "electors interested" to approve laws imposing or increasing taxes/fees over specified amounts
CISS Trapping Ban Initiative Treatment of animals Bans trapping, poisoning animals; trading in fur/body parts of trapped animals; body-gripping traps
CICA Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions Amendment Abortion Prohibits using public funds to pay for abortion procedures
CISS Mandatory Labeling of GMOs Initiative Business regulation Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms
CISS Privatization of Liquor Sales Initiative Alcohol Privatizes liquor sales and allows 10,000 square foot stores to stock liquor on shelves
CISS Legalized Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Legalizes marijuana in the state
CISS Protect Religious Freedom Initiative Religion Protects people whose religious beliefs oppose same-sex marriage from participating in such ceremonies
CICA Equal Rights for Women Initiative Civil rights Guarantees political equality for women

Not on the ballot


Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Death Penalty Repeal Amendment Death penalty Removes capital punishment from the Oregon constitution Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

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Local ballot measure elections in Oregon

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

Elections by date


Click below for more information about local ballot measure elections on:


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

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Voting in Oregon

See also: Voting in Oregon
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Important voting information

  • Oregon uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
  • As of April 2014, Oregon is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

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

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Oregon exclusively uses a vote by mail system. As such, there is no need for explicit absentee or early voting procedures.[23]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Oregon ranked 3rd 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. Oregon received an overall score of 75%.[24]

See also

References

  1. Washington Post, "Pediatric neurosurgeon to challenge Sen. Jeff Merkley," accessed October 29, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Oregonlive.com. "Republican Portland neurosurgeon considering run against Jeff Merkley," accessed October 12, 2013
  3. Lane Today, "Four Challenge Merkley’s U.S. Senate Seat for 2014 Election," accessed December 31, 2013
  4. Oregon Livle, "Projection: Jeff Merkley will defeat Gordon Smith in Oregon's U.S. Senate race," accessed October 24, 2013
  5. Portland Tribune, "Conger seeks to unseat Merkley," accessed October 24, 2013
  6. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  7. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Capital Press, "Walden may be challenged in GOP primary," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Charles Vulliet," accessed October 30, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "James Laurence Buchal 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 23, 2013
  11. Oregon Live.com, "Art Robinson files to run for third time against Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio," accessed November 6, 2013
  12. Oregon Live, "Republican Ben Pollock announces candidacy for Kurt Schrader's congressional seat," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Oregon Live, "Tootie Smith launches exploratory campaign for Kurt Schrader's Oregon House seat," accessed October 23, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Oregonian, "Election 2014: Some surprises on the last day to file for Oregon primary," March 12, 2014
  15. Oregon Live, "Oregon Rep. Dennis Richardson announces run for governor," July 24, 2013
  16. Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," January 10, 2014
  17. The Oregonian, "Portland businessman becomes latest to join growing group of Republican candidates for governor," January 14, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 The Statesman-Journal, "A complete list of primary election races for the city, county and state," March 12, 2014
  19. Constitution Party of Oregon, "Aaron Auer – Candidate For Governor 2014," accessed April 17, 2014
  20. Oregon Live, "Allen Alley considering run for Oregon governor, John Kitzhaber hits the road," July 31, 2013
  21. Oregon Live, "Eastern Oregon rancher becomes first GOP candidate for Oregon governor," April 17, 2013
  22. Oregon Live, "Republicans search for ways to revive GOP brand in Oregon," March 10, 2013
  23. Oregon Secretary of State "Learn About Vote by Mail," accessed December 16, 2013
  24. Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014