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Citizens for a Better Ballot

For Immediate Release / August 22nd 2006
Contact: Ryan Griffin, Campaign Manager
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Voters Unhappy with Primary Ballots

Tacoma, WA -- Voters across the state received their mail ballots this week for the September 19th primary and were dismayed by the instructions to start by picking a party and vote only for candidates from that party. In response, Citizens for a Better Ballot launched the Replace the Pick-a-Party Blog for voters to vent their frustration.

"I vote for the person I think is the best candidate. The Pick-A-Party system prevents me from doing that," one reader posted. "I want my blanket primary back," another responded. Readers also questioned why taxpayers should foot the bill for a private nomination process controlled by the political parties.

Kelly Haughton, creator of the blog and member of the Pierce County Charter Review Commission, explained how Amendment Three would solve the pick-a-party primary problem. "Amendment Three replaces the pick-a-party primary with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) for county offices," Haughton said. "By allowing voters to rank their choices on a single ballot in November, Amendment Three restores voter choice, saves taxpayer dollars and lets parties keep control of their ballot line."

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