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 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
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!
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. In July
2012, he also received a Washington State Bar Association Local Hero
Award, in large part for his work with this site.
Numerous newspaper editorials have praised and
recommended this site.