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Why is Marianne Williamson's name first on the Virginia Democratic ballot? (Original Post) phylny Jan 2024 OP
Ladies first for Dems? IronLionZion Jan 2024 #1
I have no doubt our side can figure out who to vote for. phylny Jan 2024 #2
Maybe they are listed in the order they filed as candidates? Ocelot II Jan 2024 #3
I'm not aware of any state using that method. LiberalFighter Jan 2024 #8
I'm not either; just a wild guess. I don't know how any of them do it. Ocelot II Jan 2024 #9
Generally they draw names LiberalFighter Jan 2024 #10
In AZ they are randomly assigned to avoid favoring any candidate AZSkiffyGeek Jan 2024 #4
Just a question! phylny Jan 2024 #5
It looks like the names were drawn. Thanks for the help, I used the wrong search terms. phylny Jan 2024 #6
probably a ballot draw. yellowdogintexas Jan 2024 #7


(45,727 posts)
1. Ladies first for Dems?
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 05:57 PM
Jan 2024

Nikki Haley is last on the GOP side.

I think our side can figure out who to vote for.


(8,403 posts)
6. It looks like the names were drawn. Thanks for the help, I used the wrong search terms.
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 06:13 PM
Jan 2024

Here's one of the reasons I was asking:


The Ballot Order Effect

The positioning of names on a ballot might sound like an insignificant detail, but studies show elections can be won or lost based on the location of a candidates name. This phenomenon is called the “ballot order effect.”

In 1975, the American Journal of Political Science published a report called “The Effect of Ballot Position on Electoral Success.”

The findings, which originated from a controlled experimental study, assessed the impact of name identification, the length of the ballot and the number of candidates on election results.

The study found that those listed first enjoyed a favorable advantage. Interestingly, the number of candidates on the ballot did not appear to impact that finding. However, a low slot on the ballot could be overcome with name recognition, the study found.


(22,300 posts)
7. probably a ballot draw.
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 06:32 PM
Jan 2024

Our candidates draw numbers for their positions on a primary ballot.
Each office is a separate drawing, and each county holds its own drawing.
We always have a party since it is right before Christmas.

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