The 2012 presidential primary could be canceled under a bill state representatives moved out of committee today.
House Bill 1324, which would keep Washington’s caucus but call off its presidential primary for a year to save about $10 million, made it out of the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee in a, bipartisan, 9-2 vote.
“I think that in this particular year, in this particular situation that we’re in that $10 million goes a long way toward education and healthcare, and that’s why the bill’s there,” said Rep. Sherry Appleton, a Poulsbo Democrat and the prime sponsor of the House proposal.
As it now stands, Washington has both a primary and a caucus in which voters can participate to choose presidential candidates. The state Legislature adopted a primary system on top of the caucuses in 1989 in response to a voter initiative that said primaries made it easier for older people and people with disabilities to participate in the selection process.