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Washington judicial elections

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Judges in Washington participate in non-partisan elections. Elections may be held in both odd and even-numbered years. However, no elections to fill vacancies on the District Courts may be held in odd-numbered years.[1]


Lists of statewide candidates are posted on the Secretary of State website after the filing deadline. Lists of trial courts candidates can be found on the county election websites.

Primary election

Non-partisan primaries are held only if more than two candidates file for a position.[2] The two candidates who receive the greatest number of votes in the primary advance to the general election. If a candidate wins over 50% of the vote in the primary, she or he is unopposed in the general election.[3][4]

General election

In counties with a population that is greater than 100,000, if only one superior court candidate files for election for a judgeship, that candidate is automatically elected and the county does not hold a general election for the seat.[1] According to the 2010 census, the following counties have a population greater than 100,000:[5]

Supreme Court Court of Appeals Superior Court District Court
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Results are posted on the Washington Secretary of State website and county election websites.

Washington is a vote-by-mail state and election results usually take about a week to be completely counted. The results on election night may change.[6]



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