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Initiative 872 - Protecting Voters' Rights and Choice

Race Type

General Election

Filing Deadline

1/1/2004 5:00 pm

Polls Open

11/2/2004 7:00 am

Polls Close

11/2/2004 1:00 pm

Term Starts

1/3/2005 12:00 am

Term Ends

12/31/9999 12:00 am

Database Record

Posted 12/1/2004, Updated 8/27/2012

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PRIMARIES

NARRATIVE

Passage would remove the new "Modified Montana" primary system and replace it with the "Top Two" primary system. Secretary of State Sam Reed and the state legislature supported the Top Two system, but Governor Gary Locke vetoed it in favor of the Modified Montana system to replace the "unconstitutional" blanket primary system. The Modified Montana system allows voters to choose a partisan ballot at the polls and keep their preference secret, but only be able to vote to nominate members of the party he/she chooses. The Top Two system would be like the blanket primary in that all candidates of all parties would be placed on the same ballot, with the top two advancing to the general election regardless of party. Under this system, it would be possible to have two Democrats or two Republicans in the general. This differs from the Louisiana system in that the office will be on the general election ballot regardless if 50% is achieved in the primary. http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/text/i872.aspx


DEBATES

EVENTS

NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

7/4/2005 10:50 am

Minority Perspective

Hatred of 'Top Two' primary unites Republican and Democratic parties

5/24/2005 8:00 am

Editorial

Primary Election: Courting trouble

5/9/2005 8:00 am

Editorial

[WA] State Elections: Top two without a hitch

4/27/2005 8:00 am

News

Parties will sue over [WA] primary

3/8/2005 10:00 pm

Proposed Legislation

[WA] Primary date might stay put

2/14/2005 12:00 am

News

New [WA] 'top two' primary targeted by major parties

10/6/2004 12:00 am

Endorsement

[Seattle Times:] Take back primary through I-872

10/10/2004 12:00 am

Opinion

[WA I-872] A yes vote frees voters from party restrictions

9/16/2004 12:00 am

Perspective

[WA] Voters weigh in on new primary system


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CERTIFIED RESULTS OF THIS ELECTION

 

Yes
(YES)

1,632,225
59.85%

 

No
(NO)

1,095,190
40.15%

 

Source for election returns: http://vote.wa.gov/Elections/Results/MeasuresByCounty.aspx?e=a3501711-c318-45f4-8a03-1d926ac839b7&m=372d3436-4b4e-407a-b1b4-30d2288e0566


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