General Election: November 3, 2009

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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 judicial candidates running for election that year.

Our archives retain information from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 elections and the 2009 primary. We are now covering Washington's 2009 general election.

TIP: To determine which elections will be on your ballot, click on Show My Elections. This will let you select your county, then take you directly to the information that is most relevant for you. (Because there are only a few contested elections this year, they are also all set forth below.)


Only a few this year.

The Primary Election was held on August 18. Anne Ellington was re-elected to the Court of Appeals, and two Federal Way Municipal Court candidates were chosen to advance to the general election.

The General Election is set for November 3. Elections appearing on those ballots will include one Snohomish County Superior Court position; Bremerton Municipal Court; two Federal Way Municipal Court positions; and one Spokane Municipal Court election. Anne Ellington, the winner of the Primary Election for the Court of Appeals Division I, District 1, Position 3, will appear on the General ballot without opposition, as will all unopposed incumbent judges who are up for election this year.

Most judicial elections take place in even-numbered years.

In 2008, there were elections for three Supreme Court justices, several Court of Appeals judges, and all Superior Court positions.

In 2010, there will be elections for three Supreme Court justices, several Court of Appeals judges, and all District Court positions.

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