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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.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
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

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