PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY OFFERS A VOICE FOR ALL

This will be the fifth running of the primary since lawmakers of both parties overwhelmingly adopted a citizen Initiative to the Legislature in 1989.

It’s the soul of simplicity, security and convenience and gives voters a real voice as the American primary season moves into the final stage before the national conventions.

Voters have been mailed a voters’ pamphlet, and soon a ballot will follow, with both the Republican and Democratic candidates listed. If you want to participate, you sign a declaration on the ballot return envelope for the party of your choice, check that party’s box and then vote for your favorite candidate of that party. 1, 2, 3 – easy!

You will have a full 18 days to consider your choice and to return the ballot by mail or postage-free county drop box. Postmark deadine is May 24; drop box deadline is 8 p.m. that evening.

The primary is an official state election, approved by both parties in the Legislature and conducted by county auditors and election staff under state law. Results will be posted at vote.wa.gov. What the Republican and Democratic state parties do with those results is up to their state and national committees.

We expect a robust turnout, historically 10 times that of the caucuses. This way of voting is familiar, fair, secure and inclusive of the broad electorate. Increasingly, primaries are the preferred system in America for allocating convention delegates. Our hope is that both parties will use the primary results in 2020, early in the election cycle, and listen to the feedback provided by voters this year.

Make no mistake, Washingtonians, your voice will be heard in this official presidential primary if you vote. For more information, visit http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is the state’s chief elections officer.


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