Lottery decides ballot position for November election

March 25, 2008
Press Release

Democrats were selected for the top ballot position in the Nov. 4 Presidential Election in a lottery drawing conducted today by Cook County Clerk David Orr and Director of Elections Jan Kralovec.

At 10 a.m., Orr and Kralovec stuffed slips of paper into pill bottles, which then were tossed into a fish bowl. Kralovec pulled out the first bottle and unfolded the Democratic card.

Orr explained that Democratic candidates will have the top spot in both Chicago and the Cook County suburbs for all federal, state and county races.

The drawing determined that Republican candidates will be second on the ballot; Green Party candidates will be third.

Tuesday marked the first time the Green Party was included in a ballot position lottery in Cook County. The Green Party captured more than five percent of the vote during the last general election in 2006 to qualify to be on Illinois ballots.

A lottery is conducted prior to each General Election to determine the order in which the major political parties will appear on the ballot.