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How is the ballot order determined for candidates and political parties?

Candidates for partisan offices appear on the ballot in party order.  Party order rotates every two years at the time of the general election.  When party order rotates, the party that was previously first in the order moves to the bottom of the list.  “Petition” is included in this party rotation so that the place for petition candidates rotates with the parties.  Multiple petition candidates are ordered alphabetically by last name.  Candidates for nonpartisan offices are ordered alphabetically by last name.  The write-in space always appears last in the list of candidates for a particular office.