Randomized Alphabet Drawing Results for the California Gubernatorial Recall Election

July 19, 2021

In accordance with Elections Code section 13112(b)(1)(B), the Secretary of State’s office conducted a drawing of the letters of the alphabet to determine the randomized alphabet for use in the California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Listed below is the official order of letters for use in determining placement of candidates’ names on the ballot.

1. X

7. R

13. M

19. I

25. O

2. K

8. G

14. B

20. E

26. U

3. T

9. J

15. A

21. P


4. V

10. Y

16. Q

22. C


5. F

11. Z

17. H

23. W


6. N

12. L

18. D

24. S

Please note that this alphabet is to be applied THROUGHOUT the candidate’s entire last name, so if more than one candidate’s surname begins with the same letter, the second letter of the surname determines who goes first, according to where the second letter of the name appears in the random alphabet. For example, if two candidates with the surname of Campbell and Carlson are running for the same office, their order on the ballot will depend on the order in which the letters “M” and “R” were drawn in the randomized alphabet drawing.  To further ensure fairness in our election process, per Election Code section 13111, the Yolo County Elections Office rotates the ballot order of candidates by State Assembly district for state offices and by supervisorial district for city offices.

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