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You are currently viewing all posts written by Doralicia Garay. A journalist with more than 10 years of international experience. Currently completing a Master's program at the University of Washington.

August 3, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Several state elections Tuesday to leave only one standing, not two

The Washington State top-two primary system breaks down when it comes to a key judicial race in the August 7 election.

Ballot inserts

Informational inserts in the Washington State August 7 primary ballot mailing do not accurately reflect protocol in all races.

SEATTLE — What we have here is a failure to communicate: think we’ve got a “top two” primary for all elections on Tuesday? Nope.

However, it certainly sounds like it. Among the handful of envelope inserts accompanying every state ballot is one that includes the following statement about the state’s top-two primary system:

In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election.

That statement is misleading. And it’s a big deal.

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