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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 appellate judicial contests that year, and it has expanded to cover all judicial elections throughout the state. All of Washington's 2012 elections will be reported.

Our archives retain information from the 2006-2010 elections.


The Primary decided many races, but now it's time
to focus on the November 6 General Election

Ballots were mailed on or about October 19, 2012

Several judicial contests were effectively determined in the primary, including the re-election of Susan Owens and Steve Gonzalez to their positions on the Supreme Court. For the open seat created by Justice Tom Chambers's retirement, Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Richard Sanders have advanced to the general election.

For voters in some western counties, an open Court of Appeals position is now on the November ballot.

In many counties around the state, Superior Court races will be decided in November.

The judicial elections that will appear on your ballot depend on your county of residence. Your best starting point at VotingforJudges is the Show My Elections page: Click on your county, and you will have up-to-date information on judicial elections that will appear on your ballot at all court levels.

We are adding more information as it becomes available. Once again this year, VotingforJudges is your most complete source for impartial judicial election information. Tell your friends and colleagues!


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Paul Fjelstad, the Kitsap attorney who created and provides ongoing updates to VotingforJudges, was honored with the 2007 King County Bar Association President's Award for his work.

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