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PRIMARY: Don’t imply that candidates are affiliated with political parties

Letter by John Mills, Tacoma on Aug. 10, 2010 at 11:16 am | 3 Comments »
August 10, 2010 3:09 pm

I know that accuracy is important to The News Tribune, so I was dismayed by the piece on the “top two” primary (8-9), indicating that most South Sound races “will pair one Republican and one Democrat.”

According to the Legislature and the attorney general defending the primary in federal court, that is inaccurate.

Candidates are no longer “Republicans” or “Democrats” and are no longer elected as representatives of those parties. They are merely people who might “prefer” one party over another but without any real association with, or connection to, a political party.

If candidates actually were being elected as Republican or Democratic Party representatives, the “top two” would run afoul of the First Amendment by impairing associational rights just as the blanket primary did.

This voting process is confusing enough without The News Tribune adding to voter confusion by implying that candidates for political office are actually associated with political parties.

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