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Reed says voters prefer Washington’s top-two primary system

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed talks to reporters in conference room at The Spokesman-Review on Freiday, Sept. 10, 2010. Reed was making the rounds to media outlets in Spokane to talk about the upcoming election. (Christopher Anderson)
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed talks to reporters in conference room at The Spokesman-Review on Freiday, Sept. 10, 2010. Reed was making the rounds to media outlets in Spokane to talk about the upcoming election. (Christopher Anderson)

Sam Reed on top-two primary system, Sept. 10, 2010

Jonathan Brunt - The Spokesman-Review

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed defended the mail-in voting system in this Q & A that appeared in today's paper. The local GOP recently raised questions about the post office's handling of the ballots.

We didn't have space for all our questions that asked when Reed sat down with us earlier this month, but we posted some audio clips of him talking about the top-two primary system. Reed has championed the system, which recently was copied by California.

Reed said he figured voters would like the system in the primary because they wouldn't be limited by party but that he would get a lot of complaints during the general election in districts where the final two choices turn out to be from one party. But Reed believes voters in "single-party districts" have especially liked the system because it gives them competitive races to consider in November.

For clips of Reed talking about challenges to the system and the effects of the system, click here.



Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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