NBCRightNow.com - Auditors in counties, from across Washington state, have determined the order candidate names will appear on this year's election ballots.
29 of the 57 offices up for election in Benton County are being contested. Twelve of the open seats in Franklin County are also being challenged.
County auditors say drawing numbers is the fairest way to determine the name order, despite superstitions.
"There are those involved in elections who believe that the location of the name on the ballot--1st or 2nd position, or even 3rd matters...I have never seen any evidence to that end but the law was created to make the process random," said Matt Beaton, the Franklin County Auditor.
A primary will be held in August to narrow down races with three or more candidates. The top two will move on to the general election in November.