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Democrats to Appear First on Nov Ballots (Jul 27, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The names of Democratic candidates in Oklahoma will appear above Republicans on the November ballot.

A public drawing on Thursday at the State Election Board determined that Democrats will get the top spot, followed by the Republican Party and the Americans Elect Party.

State law requires a public drawing be held every general election year to determine the ballot order. The law also requires the names of independent candidates to appear after the nominees of recognized political parties.

The Americans Elect Party became an officially recognized party in Oklahoma after a successful petition drive. No Americans Elect candidates filed for office in Oklahoma, and the party has until Aug. 8 to submit its candidates for president to the Oklahoma Election Board.

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