Small lottery establishes party order on Cook County ballot

polling place
Cook County officials hold a lottery to determine the order of parties on the November ballot. Photo credit Craig Dellimore

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Cook County Clerk’s office has held the lottery to determine how the established political parties will appear on the November ballot.

James Nally, legal counsel for the Cook County Clerk, conducted the short ceremony.

For county races, three canisters containing party names (the two major parties and the Libertarian Party) were placed into a plastic fish bowl and shaken up.

And when another official pulled the canisters, Democrats had first place on the ballot, Republicans second and Libertarians third. That’s pretty much the order in which candidates have finished in the voting, too.

There were only two candidates watching this — both Libertarians.

Nico Tsatsoulis, the Libertarian candidate for county assessor, described himself as an irate citizen.

“My taxes went up by 400%. This is outrageous,” he said.

Thea Tsatsos is running for County Board President.

Listen to WBBM Newsradio now on Audacy!
Sign up and follow WBBM Newsradio
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram