Saturday, May 26, 2018

Washington Secretary of State Agrees to Let Candidate Have “Freedom Socialist” on Primary Ballot

Ballot Access News

The Freedom Socialist Party has a candidate for U.S. Senator in the August 2018 Washington state top-two primary. Washington state lets all candidates in partisan races choose any partisan label that is 16 characters or fewer and is not obscene. “Freedom Socialist” is 16 characters. Originally the Secretary of State said that a space is considered a character, and therefore the candidate could only have “Prefers FreedomSocialist Party” on the ballot. But on May 23, the Secretary of State changed his mind and will allow “Prefers Freedom Socialist Party.” Thanks to Doug Barnes for this news.

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