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Political Parties in Washington

There are many political parties in operation here in Washington State. Here is a list from the Secretary of State.


D - Democrat

R - Republican

AH - American Heritage

CST Constitution

CPY Constitution Party of Yakima

FDM - Freedom

GRN - Green

L - Libertarian

NL - Natural Law

NM - Natural Medicine

RFM - Reform

SOC - Socialist

SW - Socialist Workers

WW - Workers World


NP Nonpartisan Office

IC Independent Candidate

Washington State separates political parties according to their popularity in certain races. Here is the text of the relevant law:

RCW 29A.04.085

Major political party. (Effective July 1, 2004.)

"Major political party" means a political party of which at least one nominee for president, vice president, United States senator, or a statewide office received at least five percent of the total vote cast at the last preceding state general election in an even-numbered year. A political party qualifying as a major political party under this section retains such status until the next even-year election at which a candidate of that party does not achieve at least five percent of the vote for one of the previously specified offices. If none of these offices appear on the ballot in an even-year general election, the major party retains its status as a major party through that election.

[2003 c 111 § 115; 1977 ex.s. c 329 § 9; 1965 c 9 § 29.01.090. Prior: 1907 c 209 § 6, part; RRS § 5183, part. Formerly RCW 29.01.090.]


Partisan primaries, application of chapter: RCW 29A.52.110.Political parties: Chapter 29A.80 RCW.

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