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Supreme Court Overturns Primary Decision

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- A landmark decision overturns Washington's pick-a-party primary.  

The nation's highest court says voters don't have to pick a party in Washington's controversial primary elections.

The U.S. Supreme Court confirms Washington voters' decision to have a top two primary system.

That would mean regardless of party, the top two vote getters in the primaries would move on to the general election.

Most of all though, it means voters will no longer have to declare a party on their primary ballot, something that Secretary of State Sam Reed calls a "heartfelt sentiment" of voters.

"In each of the elections where they've had to pick a party we received a huge number of phone calls, e-mails, letters complaining about the process, and the counties received far more than we did," Reed said.

Reed calls this a victory for the "average voter." 

The ruling cannot be appealed any higher, but the state's Democratic party leader already says they'll continue to ask if they can designate their favorite on the ballot.

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