California holds drawing to determine primary ballot order

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California secretary of state’s office conducted a random drawing Thursday to determine the order in which presidential candidates will appear on the March 3 primary ballot.
Each Assembly district will have a different ballot, with the names of the presidential candidates rotating per district. That means each candidate will have a chance at the top of the ballot.
The drawing consists of pulling canisters containing each letter of the alphabet out of a box. The order the letters are pulled will be matched against candidates’ last names to determine the order of names on the ballot. It’s designed to be a transparent and fair process.
There will be 20 candidates on the Democratic ballot, seven on the Republican ballot, five on the American Independent and Green party ballots, 13 on the Libertarian ballot and two on the Peace and Freedom party ballot.
Californians not registered with a party may vote in the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent party ballot. The latter is a conservative political party. No party preference voters who vote by mail will receive a form in the mail asking if they would like a certain party’s primary ballot. Counties have started to send out those forms.