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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 2016 elections will be reported.

Our archives retain information from the 2006-2016 elections.


There will be a number of judicial elections in 2017, including the Court of Appeals, several Superior Court positions, and several Municipal Court positions.

Court of Appeals: Two positions for Division I (covering King County) are up for election in the November 7 general election. One of these positions is contested; the incumbent is Michael Spearman; he is challenged by Nathan Choi.

Superior Court: There will be several Superior Court elections this year. There will only be one contested election, in Spokane County, following the August 1 primary. Some uncontested elections will appear in other counties in the November 7 general election.

District Court: No District Court positions are up for election in odd-numbered years. They will all be up in 2018.

Municipal Court: Most elected Municipal Court judges are up for election this year. There might be some positions on the ballot, especially if there are vacancies that need to be filled or have been temporarily filled by interim appointments.

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!


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