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WTK: Why are Republican candidates placed first on FL ballot?

WTK: Why are Republican candidates placed first on FL ballot?

By Lisa Fernandex. CREATED Nov 5, 2012

Lee County, Fla. - With so many voters getting their ballots early in the mail, some questions are arising before election day about how candidates are placed on the ballot.

You might have noticed the republican candidates in every race -- President, US senator, US representative, state senator, tax collector, sheriff, even county commissioners -- are listed first. 

And some 4 In Your Corner viewers want to know why.

"The placement on the ballot is established by law, and it's usually the party of the sitting governor at the time of the election.  And that's how they list them. It's major party first, minor party candidates after," says the Lee Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington.

The elections supervisor says the ballot placement isn't preferential if not just a perk for whichever party wins the governer's seat.