Top 2 Threatens Rights of Political Association
Krist Novoselic, Grangemaster for the Grays River Grange #124, writes in the local Grange newsletter about his concerns for the rights of political association under the Grange sponsored Top 2 primary system we are using in the state of Washington right now.
Political parties should have the right to determine who can use their label on the ballot. The Top 2 allows any candidate to say they "prefer" any party. Dino Rossi can "prefer" Democrat and Christine Gregoire can "prefer" Republican. No one can stop them. The Top 2 system will lead candidates to choose the label which they believe will help them get elected. The labels will become worthless. The system will regress into a non-partisan system.
Some people in the Grange want to destroy the parties. Novoselic is not one of those people. He is advocating the overturning of the Top 2 as a way of saving the political parties.
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