What an infuriating waste. Chelan County last summer was forced to spend $80,000 to send out 38,000 ballots for a primary election with only one candidate for the unexpired prosecutor’s position. It was a complete and utter waste of time and effort and accomplished absolutely nothing. The pointless primary was required by a state law recently modified to let candidates’ names appear on ballots more often, and therefore enhance their fundraising prospects.
We are thankful the Legislature passed HB 2106, sponsored by Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee. If signed by the governor as expected, from now on if there is a single unexpired partisan county office up for election with only one candidate filed, then there need be no primary. Hawkins’ bill passed House and Senate with hardly a no vote or objection. It can be overlooked that this bill rectifies an “unintended consequence” of an earlier measure that also had almost universal support.