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April 2, 2013

Contact: Nicole Winger
(916) 653-6575

Secretary of State Bowen Announces
Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for
Candidate Order on SD 16 and AD 80 Special Election Ballots

SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office today held a randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order that candidates' names will appear on the May 21 special primary election ballots and, if necessary, the July 23 special run-off election ballots in the 16th Senate District and the July 30 special run-off election ballots in the 80th Assembly District.

The Senate District 16 special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by Michael Rubio, who resigned after accepting a job in the private sector.

The Assembly District 80 special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by Ben Hueso, who resigned after being elected to the State Senate.

The results of today's drawing are as follows:

  1. J
  2. Q
  3. S
  4. L
  5. H
  6. W
  7. I
  1. R
  2. B
  3. D
  4. C
  5. P
  6. T
  7. Y
  1. N
  2. Z
  3. O
  4. M
  5. A
  6. K
  7. X
  1. G
  2. V
  3. E
  4. F
  5. U

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 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.