Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Challenge of Wash. Top Two Primary System

The Democratic and Libertarian parties argued allowing anyone to run under the banner of any party, with or without the party's consent, was a violation of their rights

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The Supreme Court has declined to take a new look at Washington state's top-two primary system amid complaints from political parties that it interferes with their rights.

The justices said they will not hear appeals from the state Democratic and Libertarian parties opposing a system that allows primary candidates to identify themselves as members of a party even when the party objects. The parties said the system could confuse voters.