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November 26, 2013 

Contact:  Willard Helander  




County Clerk Announces Lottery for March 2014 General Primary Election


WAUKEGAN, Illinois - Lake County Clerk Willard Helander announced a lottery determining the order of candidates' names on the March 18, 2014 General Primary Election ballot will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013 in the lobby of the Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex, 18 North County Street, Waukegan, Illinois.


In a primary for established political party candidates, the ballot order for candidates is determined by the time of filing. A lottery is required when two or more candidates qualify as simultaneous filers on the first day to file nominating papers. Simultaneous filing occurs when candidates seeking the same office within the same political party primary are in line to file their petitions at the start of business on the first day to file.


"Candidates often want to have their names in the top position on the ballot," stated Helander. "There is statistical evidence that the first place position can yield a slight advantage, so many candidates make the effort to be in line to file at 8:30 a.m. on the first day to file," she continued.


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