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  Primary Election: Courting trouble
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Last EditedRalphie  May 24, 2005 08:54am
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
News DateTuesday, May 24, 2005 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLeaders of the state's major political parties are still obsessed with being proved legally right, even when it proves to be politically wrong. That's the only explanation for their going to court -- again -- to deny voters their choice of primary election formats.

The parties filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court to throw out the "top-two" primary election system broadly approved by voters last fall in the form of Initiative 872. If the parties fail, voters this September will be faced with the third different version of a primary election in as many years.

The parties are responding by holding caucuses and conventions to pick their party champions. The first tough test of party discipline may well be the King County Council election this year. One of those contests now has two Democrats and the other two Republicans. If things go by the party book, the candidate who fails to get the party nomination through caucus or convention will withdraw from the election ballot.

The parties are suing to get back to the Montana primary, an approach party officials find imperfect but far preferable to top-two because it ostensibly limits party crossover voting.
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