Republican Party wins top ballot spot in lottery

May 4, 2016
Press Release


The top spot on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 Presidential Election in Cook County will go to Republican Party candidates, the result of a ballot position lottery held by Cook County Clerk David Orr on Wednesday.

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 translucent bottles. The plastic bottles were dropped into a fish bowl, which Praetz shook before Orr pulled out the first bottle, which contained the Republican card. Orr then opened the remaining pill bottle, to confirm it contained the Democratic card.

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

In a first for the Clerk’s office, the event was streamed live on the Clerk’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

Four years ago, Democrats won the ballot lottery for the 2012 Presidential Election.  

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