Ohio elections, 2014

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The Ohio general election, 2014 will be held on November 4, 2014 throughout Ohio, with polls open from 6:30 AM to 7:30PM. All voters who wish to vote in the general election must register by October 6, 2014. The close of registration for electors in the primary election is April 7, 2014, and the primary election day will take place on May 6, 2014.[1]

Early voting[edit]

Early and absentee voting dates have not yet been established for 2014. During the week of November 18, 2013, Republicans in the state legislature planned to introduce four bills that would restrict voting in the 2014 elections, including shortening the early voting period from 35 to 29 days.[2]

Federal representatives[edit]

United States Senate[edit]

There is no U.S. Senate election in Ohio in 2014. Republican Senator Rob Portman is a Class III Senator and will be eligible for re-election in 2016. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is a Class I Senator and will be eligible for re-election in 2018.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of Ohio's 16 seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election in 2014.

State executive branch[edit]

Governor and Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor are running for re-election to a second term in office.

Ed FitzGerald, the County Executive of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is the Democratic nominee. His running mate is attorney and former Congressional nominee Sharen Neuhardt.[3]

Anita Rios is running as the Green Party candidate. Her running mate is Bob Fitrakis.[4]

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine is running for re-election to a second term in office.

Former Cincinnati City Councilman and former Hamilton County Commissioner David A. Pepper is running for the Democrats.[5]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
DeWine (R)
David A.
Pepper (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 551 RV ± 4.2% 46% 32% 21%

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted is running for re-election to a second term in office.

State Senator Nina Turner is running for the Democrats.[6]

Libertarian Kevin Knedler is also running.[7]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jon
Husted (R)
Nina
Turner (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling[8] August 8–9, 2014 801 LV ± 3.5% 46% 43% 11%
Public Policy Polling[8] July 9–10, 2014 889 RV ± 3.3% 45% 42% 13%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 551 RV ± 4.2% 37% 36% 28%

Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel is running for re-election to a second term in office.

State Representative Connie Pillich is running for the Democrats.[9]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Josh
Mandel (R)
Connie
Pillich (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling[8] August 8–9, 2014 801 LV ± 3.5% 44% 47% 9%
Public Policy Polling[8] July 9–10, 2014 889 RV ± 3.3% 43% 46% 11%
Public Policy Polling November 5–6, 2013 595 RV ± 4% 43% 47% 10%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2013 551 RV ± 4.2% 35% 40% 24%

Auditor[edit]

Incumbent Republican State Auditor Dave Yost is running for re-election to a second term in office.

State Representative John Patrick Carney is running for the Democrats.[10]

Libertarian Bob Bridges is also running.[7]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Yost (R)
John Patrick
Carney (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling[8] August 8–9, 2014 801 LV ± 3.5% 44% 42% 14%
Public Policy Polling[8] July 9–10, 2014 889 RV ± 3.3% 42% 40% 17%

State legislative branch[edit]

Ohio Senate[edit]

Further information: Ohio Senate

The 17 odd-numbered districts out of 33 seats in the Ohio Senate are up for election in 2014. Ten of these seats are currently held by Republicans and seven are held by Democrats. Republicans currently control the chamber with a 23 to 10 majority.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Further information: Ohio House of Representatives

All 99 seats in the Ohio House of Representatives are up for election in 2014. Republicans currently hold 59 seats and Democrats hold 40 seats.

State judicial branch[edit]

Supreme Court of Ohio[edit]

Main article: Supreme Court of Ohio

While judicial races in Ohio are technically non-partisan (party affiliations are not listed on the ballot), candidates run in party primaries. Terms are six years, and justices may run for re-election an unlimited number of times before their 70th birthday. The Supreme Court currently consists of 6 Republicans and 1 Democrat.

  • Incumbent Justice Sharon L. Kennedy (R) is eligible to run for another 6-year term. She will be running against Tom Letson (D) in the general election.
  • Incumbent Justice Judith L. French (R) is eligible to run for another 6-year term. She will be running against John P. O'Donnell (D) in the general election.
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Judith
French (R)
John
O'Donnell (D)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling[8] April 14-15, 2014 1,050 ± 3% 22% 29% 49%

Court of Appeals[edit]

The Ohio District Courts of Appeals consists of 69 judges in 12 districts. Judges serve a 6-year term. Approximately 1/3 of these positions will be up for election in 2014.

Ballot Initiatives[edit]

May Election[edit]

  • Issue One: to fund public infrastructure capital improvements by permitting the issuance of general obligation bonds.[11]

November Election[edit]

No initiatives have yet qualified for the November 2014 ballot.

The following groups have announced efforts to put issues on the ballot:

  • Freedom Ohio is collecting signatures to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.[12]
  • Ohio Rights Group is collecting signatures for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Ohio Election Calendar". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Four GOP Anti-Voter Bills Set For Hearings This Week". Plunderbund.com. November 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  3. ^ Troy, Tom (April 24, 2013). "Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald announces bid for Ohio governor". toledoblade.com. The (Toledo) Blade. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ Collins, Kathleen (February 27, 2014). "Write-in candidates file for Primary, state issue added to ballot". Akron Ohio News. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "David Pepper announces run for Ohio Attorney General". WCPO.com. Apr 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  6. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (July 1, 2013). "Nina Turner announces bid for Ohio secretary of state; Democrat hopes to unseat Jon Husted". cleveland.com. (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  7. ^ a b "Candidates". lpo.org. Libertarian Party of Ohio. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Poll commissioned by the Ohio Democratic Party.
  9. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (May 20, 2013). "State Rep. Connie Pillich officially launches campaign against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel". cleveland.com. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  10. ^ Siegel, Jim (September 11, 2013). "Rep. John Patrick Carney announces state auditor run". dispatch.com. Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  11. ^ http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/ballotboard/2014/1-language.pdf. Retrieved 2014-03-15.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Former Ohio AG, FreedomOhio To Announce Ballot Issue To Allow Same-Sex Marriage". 10tv.com. WBNS-TV. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  13. ^ Harris-Taylor, Marlene (October 12, 2013). "Local events promote drive for medical marijuana". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2013-11-22.