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February 10, 2017
Sam Mahood
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Secretary of State Padilla Announces Results of Randomized Alphabet Drawing for April 4 Congressional District 34 Special Election Ballots


SACRAMENTO Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s staff today held a randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order that candidates’ names will appear on the April 4 Congressional District 34 Special Election ballots. 

This election is being held to fill the vacancy left after Rep. Xavier Becerra resigned following his confirmation as California’s Attorney General. 

The results of today’s drawing are as follows: 

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


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. 

Congressional candidate names are rotated by the Assembly districts within Congressional District 34 with the lowest numbered Assembly district leading the rotation. 

Today’s randomized alphabet drawing was held in the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office in compliance with Elections Code section 13112. Staff pulled the letters in a lottery-style drawing, with witnesses from the media and public present. 


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