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Cook County: Democratic Party Wins Top Ballot Spot In Lottery

Clerk David Orr gubernatorial election ballot
(Photo: Bryan Docter/Cook County Clerk’s Office)

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Democratic candidates running in the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial Election will take the top spot on the ballot in Cook County, after their card was picked in a ballot position 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 pill bottles. The pill bottles were dropped into a fish bowl, which Praetz shook before Orr selected a bottle containing the “Democratic” card. Orr then opened the remaining pill 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. Four years ago, the Republican party won the ballot lottery held for a Gubernatorial general election.

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.

Following is a video of today’s ballot lottery:

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