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McLean County lottery determines ballot placement positions

McLean County lottery determines ballot placement positions

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With McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael, right, observing, longtime election judge Robert LaPorte pulls a name from a hat held by Director of Elections Denise Cesario outside the county clerk's office in the Government Center in downtown Bloomington. Lotteries determined ballot positions for three contested races for the March 17 primary.

BLOOMINGTON — With Democrats and Republicans viewing, ballot positions were determined by lottery on Tuesday for three contested races for the March 17 primary.

The order of names on the ballot is determined by the order in which candidates file.

But when more than one candidate files for the same position and with the same political party before 8 a.m. on the first day to file for a contested seat, a ballot placement lottery is necessary to determine whose name is first on the ballot, McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael explained.

The first day to file was Nov. 25 for the March 17 primary election. Many candidates believe that having their name first on the ballot gives them an edge on election day.

Before the lottery outside the county clerk's office in the Government Center,  Michael showed people viewing the lottery that the sheets of paper on which candidates' names were printed were the same size so the person pulling the sheets would have no idea whose names he was pulling.

With Director of Elections Denise Cesario holding up an American flag hat, longtime election judge Robert LaPorte pulled the names in three separate lotteries.

Here are the results:

On the Republican ballot for county auditor, Michelle L. Anderson's name will be first, followed by Trisha P. Malott. Anderson is the incumbent.

On the Democratic ballot for McLean County Board District 8, Nathan "Chiko" Russo's name will be first, followed by Lea Cline.

On the Democratic ballot for precinct committee person for city of Bloomington Precinct 12, Matthew Anthony Watchinski's name will be first, followed by Russo.

Contact Paul Swiech at 309-820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech.

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