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2019 Senate Bill 5273: Concerning the presidential primary
Introduced by Sen. Sam Hunt (Olympia) (D) on January 16, 2019
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Referred to the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on January 16, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 23, 2019
Moves the presidential primary to the second Tuesday in March, with certain exceptions. Gives complete authority to major political parties to determine which candidates appear on the presidential primary ballot under the party's banner. Allows voters to indicate a preference for uncommitted delegates in the presidential primary.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 30, 2019
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 24, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Hans Zeiger (Puyallup) (R) on January 30, 2019
Would allow presidential primary voters to participate while choosing not to declare a party affiliation.
The amendment failed 18 to 29 in the Senate on January 30, 2019.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Sam Hunt (Olympia) (D) on January 30, 2019
Clarifies that each ballot received in a timely fashion for the presidential primary must be included in the canvass report.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 30, 2019
Passed 29 to 18 in the Senate on January 30, 2019.
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The presidential preference primary is renamed as the presidential primary and moved to the second Tuesday in March. The Secretary of State may, by September 1st of the preceding year, propose an alternative date, no earlier than permitted by the national rules of major political parties. Each party determines which names are placed on the presidential primary ballot under that party's banner. Only voters who have declared an affiliation with a party may vote for that party's candidates. If requested by a party chair 63 days before the election, the presidential primary ballot must include a place for voters to indicate a preference for having delegates to that party's convention remain uncommitted. The arrangement and form of presidential ballots must be established by rule in consultation with major political parties.
Received in the House on February 1, 2019
Referred to the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on February 1, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Corry (Yakima) (R) on March 4, 2019
Removes a provision in the bill that would allow governmental agencies or political organizations to create or maintainrecordsofvoters'politicalpartydeclarations. Removesa provision in current law that allows the Secretary of State to send political parties a copy of the party declarations for, or a list of voters who participated in, the party's presidential primary.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 4, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Drew MacEwen (Union) (R) on March 4, 2019
Removes all changes in the underlying bill, except for the change in the date of the presidential primary.
The amendment failed 40 to 56 in the House on March 4, 2019.
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Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on March 4, 2019
Permits unaffiliated voters to vote for a candidate from a list of all candidates, and changes the ballot format accordingly. Removes provisions in the underlying bill that allow political parties to choose which candidates appear on the ballot. Modifies procedures for removing a candidate from the ballot to give the Secretary of State discretion to remove a candidate under certain circumstances and to allow parties to petition for removal of a candidate. Provides that the Secretary of State does not need committee approval to move the primary date 21 days or fewer in order to hold a regional primary. Removes provisions in the underlying bill that allow parties to request an option for voters to indicate a preference for having delegates to the party's national convention remain uncommitted. Codifies into statute the Secretary of State's rule that statutory recounts are unavailable for the presidential primary. Provides that the earliest date to which the Secretary of State may move the primary is February 15, rather than as permitted by party rules (in the underlying bill) or without limitation (in current law). Effectuates the prohibition on parties maintaining records of voters' party affiliations by removing provisions for the Secretary of State to send party declarations to the parties.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 4, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on March 4, 2019
Permits voters who declare an intent not to affiliate with a party and voters who do not subscribe to a party declaration to vote for a candidate from a list of all candidates of any political party. Permits a party to choose whether or not to use votes of unaffiliated voters when allocating delegates to the party's national nominating convention.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 4, 2019
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 14, 2019

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