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August 14, 2012


Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Phone: 650.363.4988 Fax: 650.363.1903 E-mail:


Alternate: David Tom, Deputy Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Phone: (650) 312-5222 Fax: 650.312.5348 E-mail:


Random Alpha Draw Scheduled for Contests on the

November 6, 2012 Presidential General Ballot


(Redwood City, CA)On Thursday, August 16th at 11 a.m., the Elections Division and the Secretary of States’ Office will conduct random alpha drawings.  The random alpha drawings are done to determine the order of candidates’ names on the ballot and to assign letter names to measures that will appear on the ballot for the November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election. 


“The random alpha drawing is an important and impartial step in the process of creating the official ballot,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.  Election officials and interested members of the public and/or the media will draw letters out of a hat (or basket) to determine the letter to be assigned to identify each measure.  Measures will be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order by School Districts, County, Cities, and Special Districts.  “In San Mateo, our staff will use a separate random alpha drawing conducted by the Secretary of State’s Office to determine the order of candidates’ names for state assembly, state senate and central committees on the ballot.  I encourage the public to observe the process at our office at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo,” Church added. 


Information regarding candidates and the local measures is available on the Elections website, at


For more information about the drawing, please contact Candidate Filing Officer Meaghan Hassel Shearer at (650) 312-5293 or