An information resource for Washington voters
VotingforJudges is a nonpartisan, impartial source of information about judicial elections in the state of Washington. The site was established in 2006 to provide information to voters in connection with the appellate judicial contests that year, and it has expanded to cover all judicial elections throughout the state. All of Washington's 2014 elections will be reported.
Our archives retain information from the 2006-2012 elections.
There will be judicial elections in 2014 for the Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, several county Superior Courts, and all county District Courts.
Note that there will be no judicial elections for Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or Superior Court in the primary on August 5. There will be a few District and Municipal Court positions on the primary ballot.
Washington Supreme Court: Four out of nine incumbents - Justices Charles Johnson, Mary Fairhurst, Debra Stephens, and Mary Yu - are all up for election this year. Justice Fairhurst and Justice Yu drew no challengers, so they will appear without opposition on the November ballot. There has been one candidate filing against Justice Johnson, and one against Justice Stephens. Those contests are currently scheduled for the November general election.
Court of Appeals: There will be judicial elections in all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals this year. These will include most counties in the state. There are no contested elections in the Court of Appeals, however, so each of the candidates who filed for a position will appear unopposed on the November ballot.
Superior Court: There will be Superior Court elections in Adams, Asotin, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Garfield, King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Yakima Counties this year. There is only one contested election, in Clark County. That contest will be on the November ballot. Candidates who filed in all other counties were unopposed, so they will either appear alone on the November ballot or (in larger counties) be deemed elected to their respective two-year unfilled terms.
District Court: All District Court judicial positions will be up for election this year. See your particular county for details.
Municipal Court: Most elected Municipal Court judges were up for election in 2013. There are races in Seattle and Tacoma, and there might be some positions on the ballot in other cities, especially if there are vacancies that need to be filled or have been temporarily filled by interim appointments. Again, check your particular county for details.
We are adding more information as it becomes available. Once again this year, VotingforJudges is your most complete source for impartial judicial election information. Check back here later this month, and tell your friends and colleagues!
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