Analysis

What to Watch for in Election 2014

At least a dozen new chief election officials will be chosen

Next month, voters in nearly half of the states will be asked to choose the person who will run elections in their state for the next four years. 

In these 24 races, half of the incumbents, mostly secretaries of state, are not running for re-election. In addition, voters in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas will elect governors who appoint the secretary of state.

 

Although these races have been receiving more attention from parties and donors than in previous elections, many voters do not know who manages elections in their state. In polling conducted for Pew by Public Opinion Strategies and the Mellman Group, only 4 percent of Florida voters and 7 percent of California voters could correctly identify who runs their elections. 

With so many new elected officials on their way into office, the outcomes of the upcoming election could have a tremendous impact on policies for election administration in the near future. 

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