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Washington State Grange v. Washington State Republican Party, 06-713, 06-730

Contrary to the Ninth Circuit's holding below, a 2004 initiative passed by Washington voters changing the state's primary election system is facially constitutional. The initiative, I-872, provided that: 1) candidates must be identified on the primary ballot by their self-designated party preference; 2) voters may vote for any candidate; and 3) the two top votegetters for each office, regardless of party preference, advance to the general election.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/18/2008
  • Published 03/18/2008



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