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State will ask U.S. Supreme Court to review blanket primary case

News Release
Issued: October 24, 2003

Statement by the Secretary of State "As we anticipated, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied our petition to rehear the blanket primary case. We believe the blanket primary is constitutional and will ask for review by the United States Supreme Court. The blanket primary is overwhelmingly the system voters prefer and a good fit for Washington. We believe in voter freedom on the ballot and will fight for this case in court as long as we have a chance to succeed."

-Sam Reed, Secretary of State

Background The constitutionality of the blanket primary was first challenged in Washington State Democratic Party, et al., v. Sam Reed. The lawsuit, filed in the summer of 2000 by the political parties, followed a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled California‚Äôs blanket primary unconstitutional. Under the blanket primary system, voters may select any candidate on the ballot regardless of party affiliation. Read the 9th Circuit Court Order »