Bingo game determines placement on the ballot for upcoming primary elections

CHENANGO COUNTY – With the September Republican primary elections just around the corner, candidates’ best bet for placement on the ballot was determined Tuesday by a few bingo balls.

Under New York State Board of Election Law, when two or more candidates of the same political party run for the same office, placement of their name on the ballot is determined by a bingo-style drawing which was held Tuesday at the Office of the Chenango County Board of Elections in Norwich.

The rules of the game are simple, explained Democratic Elections Commissioner Carol Franklin: Each candidate is assigned a number, and a number to a space on the ballot. The order that numbers are called when they’re pulled are assigned to the corresponding candidate dictated by the date the candidate filed their designating petition.

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