Democratic Party wins top ballot spot in lottery

May 8, 2018
Press Release

The top spot on the ballot in the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial Election in Cook County will go to Democratic Party candidates, the result of an Established Party Lottery held by Cook County Clerk David Orr on Tuesday.

At 10:30 a.m., Orr and Director of Elections Noah Praetz folded two note cards – one with “Democratic” and one with “Republican” written on them – and stuffed them into separate small plastic film canisters. The plastic bottles were dropped into a fish bowl, which Praetz shook before Orr pulled out the first bottle, which contained the Democratic card. Orr then opened the remaining bottle, to confirm it contained the Republican card.

As a result, Democratic candidates will be first on the ballot in suburban Cook County, as well as on all Chicago ballots – Republican candidates will occupy the second spot.

A ballot lottery is conducted prior to each election to determine the order in which the established political parties will appear on the ballot.

A video of the ballot lottery will remain on the Clerk’s Facebook page and is available to watch on the Clerk’s YouTube page.

2016: Republican
2014: Democratic
2012: Democratic
2010: Republican