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Originally published Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

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Inslee signs bill on nonpartisan top-two elections

The top two vote getters in nonpartisan races will advance to the general election in future elections, under a measure signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The top two vote getters in nonpartisan races will advance to the general election in future elections, under a measure signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Inslee signed the bill into law on Tuesday. Current election law already has that top two advancement requirement in place for partisan races. However, an exception has existed for Supreme Court justices, judges for court of appeals and superior court and for the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In those nonpartisan races, if a candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, their name appears alone on the general ballot, meaning they were essentially elected in the primary.

The bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Inslee removes that provision.

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The nonpartisan election bill is House Bill 1474.

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Legislature: http://www.leg.wa.gov

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