January 4, 2011
Contact: Shannan Velayas
SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office today held a randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order in which candidates' names will appear on the February 15 special primary election ballots and, if necessary, the April 19 special run-off election ballots in the 17th Senate District and the 28th Senate District.
The Senate District 17 special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of George Runner. The Senate District 28 special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Jenny Oropeza.
The results of today's drawing are as follows:
In accordance with Elections Code section 13111, the names of candidates on the ballot are arranged based on the randomized alphabet. This alphabet applies throughout the entire last name of the candidate. If the names of two or more candidates begin with the same letter, their ballot listing order is determined by applying the randomized alphabet to the next letter(s) of their names. If last names of multiple candidates are the same, the randomized alphabet also applies to first names.
Today's randomized alphabet drawing was held in the Elections Division within the Secretary of State's office in compliance with Elections Code section 13112. Staff members pulled the letters in a lottery-style drawing, with witnesses from the public present.