Ballot Position Lottery for the General Primary Election, March 17, 2020 UPDATED
The lottery is held within nine days following the last day to file petitions. Petitions filed in person at 8:00 AM on the first filing day or at the normal opening hour of such day, and petitions filed by mail and received in the first mail delivery of the first filing day, are included in the lottery drawing to determine the first ballot position. All other petitions, besides ones filed in the last hour of the filing deadline, are placed on the ballot in the order they are filed. Two or more petitions filed within the last hour of the filing deadline (between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM on the last filing day) shall be deemed filed simultaneously and are included in the lottery drawing to determine the final ballot position. (10 ILCS 5/7-12(6), 8-9, 10-6.2)
FILINGS REQUIRING A LOTTERY
Simultaneous filings of candidate nominating petitions for the same office occur for those candidates in line at 8:00 AM (or whenever the opening hour of the business may be; for example, if the office opens at 9:00 AM, all candidates in line as of 9:00 AM are in the lottery) or for petitions received after midnight of the first day for filing in the first U.S. Postal Service delivery of that day, on the first day of filing. Simultaneous filings can also occur during the last day of filing during the last hour of the filing deadline between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM. The lottery system to be used by the State Board of Elections, the election authority or the local election official to break ties resulting from such simultaneous filings must be approved by the State Board of Elections.
UPDATE – December 3, 2019
As of the end of the petition filing period on December 2, 2019, at 5:00pm, there were no simultaneous filings either at the beginning or end of the filing period as described above.