Krist Novoselic For County Clerk?

June 5, 2009

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is apparently running for clerk of a rural county in western Washington to protest the state's method of letting candidates name their own party affiliation.

Novoselic is the head of his local chapter of the Grange, a civic organization. His election paperwork declares that he's running under the "Grange Party" banner, even though the Grange isn't a political party.

Novoselic recently told The Daily World that he's protesting the state's system that lets candidates say what party they prefer when running for office. He says that's confusing for voters and lets candidates appropriate the names of private associations:

I listed "prefers Grange Party" in this partisan race. Of course there is no such thing as a Grange Party. Before I-872 was implemented in Washington, it would have been illegal to list Grange, or American Legion, Eagles, Boy Scouts or whatever next to a candidate’s name on the public ballot. The way I-872 is implemented is confusing voters.

I think Krist just needs to toss his bass in the air and see where it lands. That would definitely get him a few extra votes.

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