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Clerk’s office holds lottery to determine school board candidates’ ballot spots 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 28, 2016

Nick Shields: 312.603.6952
nick.shields@cookcountyil.gov

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office held a ballot position lottery for school board candidates in the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election who filed their nominating papers earlier this month at 8 a.m. on the first day of filing or in last hour of the filing period.

Candidates in 67 school board contests filed at 8 a.m. on Dec. 12 and candidates in five contests filed in the last hour on Dec. 19, in an attempt to win first and last ballot spots.

Rather than conduct a separate lottery for each school district, candidates were put in alphabetical order and assigned a letter, in most cases ranging from A-C. However, a handful of school districts had either seven or eight candidates who filed at 8 a.m. on Dec. 12, so each candidate was assigned a letter between A-G or A-H, depending on the number of candidates.

The letters were each written on a slip of paper and placed in a plastic bottle by Director of Elections Noah Praetz and Manager of Candidate Services Colleen Gleason. The bottles were then put in a fishbowl that was shaken by Gleason, and Praetz picked them out one-by-one.

For the 8 a.m. Dec. 12 filers, the letters were selected in this order: A, E, G, D, F, B, H, C. 

A - Lewis
B - Monroe
C - Napalitano
D - Osgood
E - Prendergast
F - Quince
G - Rosyn
H - Smith

After the drawing, it was determined that they would appear on the ballot in the following order. 

A - Lewis
E - Prendergast
G - Rosyn
D - Osgood
F - Quince
B - Monroe
H - Smith
C - Napalitano

For the 4-5 p.m. filers on Dec. 19, the letters were selected in this order: B, A, C, D.

A full list of ballot lottery results can be viewed and downloaded via this PDF.

For the April 4 election, 728 candidates filed with the Clerk’s office to run for school boards throughout suburban Cook County. Candidates not included in the ballot position lottery will appear on the ballot in the order they filed.

Ballot order for municipal, park, library and other districts will be determined by the jurisdiction in which they seek office. Jurisdictions have until Jan. 26 to certify a list of candidates to the Clerk’s office.

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