Wyman thanks Legislature for helping expand presidential choices for Washington’s voters

(OLYMPIA)— Secretary of State Kim Wyman praised the state House of Representatives for its Monday vote to move Washington’s Presidential Primary from May to March. The House’s 54-42 vote on Senate Bill 5273, which passed the Senate 29-18 in January, brings Washington closer to giving the state’s voters more influence in the presidential nomination process.

“After years of urging our Legislature to move Washington’s Presidential Primary to an earlier date, it’s immensely gratifying to see the Legislature support this bill and bring it closer to becoming law,” Secretary Wyman said. “Moving Washington’s primary earlier in the national process will give our voters a greater voice and draw more attention to our state’s concerns and issues.”

Secretary Wyman said that although she is disappointed that the passed bill does not include her proposal to allow voters to participate in the primary without declaring a party affiliation, voters will still gain more choices by having a primary on an earlier date when the ballot includes a greater number of candidates still in the race.

SB 5273 is now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.