Friday, September 15, 2006

State should get out of primary business

Published: Tacoma News Tribune, September 15th, 2006 01:00 AM

It may be that the rules for the Washington primary election have changed (TNT, 9-13), and the blanket primary is a thing of the past. But I will be one of those with a ballot that does not indicate my party preference.

It is not only my right, but my duty to cast my ballot for the candidate I believe best qualified for each position. It may be a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. If the blanket primary has been ruled unconstitutional, I support a third option: Eliminate the primary completely. The nonpartisan elections and ballot measures can be moved to the November ballot. In this way, perhaps our partisan parties can select the candidate they believe is best suited for the job.

This seems a preferable alternative to holding a party-specific popularity contest (on the taxpayers’ dime) to find out which politician voters would prefer.


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