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 2016 elections will be reported.
Our archives retain information from the 2006-2014 elections.
There will be judicial elections in 2016 for the Washington Supreme Court, Washington Court of Appeals, and all county Superior Courts.
Washington Supreme Court: Three out of nine incumbents - Justices Barbara Madsen, Charlie Wiggins and Mary Yu - are up for election this year. They are all facing challengers
Court of Appeals: There will be judicial elections in all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals this year. These will include most counties in the state.
Superior Court: There will be Superior Court elections in every county this year.
District Court: A few District Court judicial positions will be up for election this year; most will be on ballots in 2018.
Municipal Court: Most elected Municipal Court judges were up for election in 2013. 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!
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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