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 2018 elections will be reported.
Our archives retain information from the 2006-2017 elections.
There will be a number of judicial elections in 2018, including three positions on the Supreme Court, several Superior Court positions, and all District Court positions.
Supreme Court: Three positions for the Supreme Court are up for election in the November 6 general election. These are the positions currently held by Steve Gonzalez, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, and Susan Owens.
Court of Appeals: There will be eight Court of Appeals elections this year, including some positions in each of the court's three divisions. One of these elections, for Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties, will appear on the primary ballot.
Superior Court: There will be 13 Superior Court elections this year, primarily involving vacancies or positions that have recently been filled by the governor.
District Court: Most District Court positions are up for election this year. A few will appear on the primary ballot:
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 when you're completing your ballot, and 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."
The 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. In July 2012, he also received a Washington State Bar Association Local Hero Award, in large part for his work with this site.
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