Wednesday, 18 December 2019 13:38

State Board to randomly determine ballot order for 2020 candidates

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RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections at 5 p.m. Friday (Dec. 20) will randomly determine the order that candidates will appear on ballots in the 2020 primary and general elections. The candidate filing period ends at noon Friday.

Pursuant to G.S. 163-165.6, the State Board is required to randomly determine candidate order after the closing of the filing period.

First, a letter of the alphabet will be drawn at random. Candidates whose last names begin with that letter will appear first on the ballot for their contest. Then, a coin flip will determine if the candidates will be listed in alphabetical or reverse-alphabetical order beginning with that letter.

The ballot order selection process will be streamed on Facebook Live on the State Board’s Facebook page, A press release with the results will be sent out immediately following the selection.

The 2020 primary election is March 3. The general election is Nov. 3.