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Secretary of State Bowen Announces Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for Candidate Order on November 6 General Election Ballots

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 16, 2012

This came over the wire from Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office earlier today…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2012

Secretary of State Bowen Announces
Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for
Candidate Order on November 6 General Election Ballots

SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office today held a randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order that candidates’ names will appear on November 6 general election ballots.

The results of today’s drawing are as follows:

  1. I
  2. X
  3. C
  4. A
  5. O
  6. U
  7. Z
  8. S
  9. W
  10. H
  11. K
  12. T
  13. D
  14. F
  15. Q
  16. V
  17. G
  18. M
  19. R
  20. J
  21. L
  22. Y
  23. E
  24. B
  25. P
  26. N

In accordance with Elections Code section 13111, the names of candidates on the ballot are arranged based on the randomized alphabet. This alphabet applies throughout the entire last name of the candidate. If the names of two or more candidates begin with the same letter, their ballot listing order is determined by applying the randomized alphabet to the next letter(s) of their names. If last names of multiple candidates are the same, the randomized alphabet also applies to first names.

Today’s randomized alphabet drawing was held in the Elections Division within the Secretary of State’s office in compliance with Elections Code section 13112. Staff members pulled the letters in a lottery-style drawing, with witnesses from the public present.

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One Response to “Secretary of State Bowen Announces Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for Candidate Order on November 6 General Election Ballots”

  1. […] select a positive integer between 2-9 for each identically named candidate.  We already do a ballot order lottery in California to randomize the alphabet, so it would make sense to have a random number assigned to […]

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