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October 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Supreme Court will not hear appeals over Washington's top-two primary

High court ruled correctly

I applaud the Supreme Court fordeclining to review the Sstate Democratic and Libertarian parties’ appeal and oppositionto our state’s top-two primary [“High court rejects parties’ appeal of Washington’s top-two primary,” News, Oct. 1].

Our primary system advances the two candidates for each office with the most votes, regardless of politicalparty affiliation, to the general election. For the record, the parties have opposed the top-twoprimary because they say it confuses voters.

In reality, the parties prefer the old system of nominating conventions where they can consolidate support behind single candidates, who are mostoften party loyalists, to maintain positive control over candidates and the campaigns.

I was an unsuccessful Independent candidate for Congress this election cycle. Still, I found that voters were more likely to volunteer, donate and engage my candidacy because the top-two primary creates an opening to get elected.

In time our primary system will lead to the best candidates squaring off in the general election, whether Democrat, Republican, Independent or another other party. The Supreme Court got this one right.

— James Windle, Snoqualmie Pass


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