California officials today held a lottery to see what order the 150-plus names will appear on the second part of the recall ballot. “R” was the first letter chosen. I haven’t heard yet where “S” was drawn (Simon & Schwarzenegger), but common sense suggests that no matter where Arnold appears he will have a small advantage in that his will be the longest name on the ballot, and therefore the easiest to spot in a quick scan.
In recent years a portion of California voters have given up on their ballots and not finished them because they were too long (too many initiatives!). It will be interesting to see how the total number of recall votes on part one matches up with the total candidate vote in part 2.