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Next step for ballot bill that would avoid repeat of costly elections

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OLYMPIA — A bill to eliminate unnecessary ballots is moving ahead in the senate.

HB 2106 would not require primary elections to be held in counties when only one candidate and position would be on the ballot. It was heard in the senate this week after passing out of the house with 86 votes in favor and 10 against.

Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, sponsored HB 2106 in an attempt to correct “an unintended consequence” of legislation passed last year…

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