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.
archives retain information from the 2006-2010
The Primary is the only election for many judicial races.
Vote August 7!
The very important primary election, which will determine the final
results in many instances, will conclude on
August 7, and the general election will conclude November 6.
Primary ballots were mailed on July 18; general election
ballots will be mailed on or about October 19.
NOTE! Information accompanying many primary ballots states
that "the two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will
advance to the general election." This is incorrect for many
judicial elections. If a candidate in a judicial election receives a
majority of the votes cast in the primary, that is the end of the
contest. The primary is your only chance to make a choice in races
with two candidates.
This year, VotingforJudges is providing information about
elections for three Supreme Court positions:
In addition, VotingforJudges will cover eight Court of Appeals positions
(including two that are contested), and every
contested Superior Court election in Washington.
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!
The American Bar Association honored VotingforJudges
with its 2007
Silver Gavel Award for Media
and the Arts, in the "New Media" category, "recognizing
outstanding efforts to foster public understanding of the law."
Atlanta-based Foundation for Improvement of Justice presented one of its
Paul H. Chapman Justice Awards for 2007 to VotingforJudges.
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.
Numerous newspaper editorials have praised and
recommended this site.