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Jan 27, 2023

Stephen Maynard Caliendo discussed the ballot lottery for Chicago’s mayoral race

In early December, there were many political topics hanging in the balance. One of the largest topics being discussed was the ballot lottery for Chicago’s mayoral race. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with WGN-TV, where he discussed the many candidates running in the mayoral race, the importance behind having a ballot lottery and the overall implications of the process.

“A ballot lottery doesn’t mean much,” said Caliendo. “There is no real way to scientifically test whether the impact of order on the ballot results in one candidate being elected over another. However, it is a way for more fairness as opposed to alphabetical order. There have been historical cases in which people have gone out of their way to change their names in an effort to be listed first on a particular ballot.”

Click here to watch the full interview on WGN-TV.