Washington judicial elections
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.
Non-partisan primaries are held only if more than two candidates file for a position. 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.
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.
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Lists of statewide candidates are posted on the Department of State website after the filing deadline. Lists of trial courts candidates can be found on the county election websites.
Results are posted on the Washington Department 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.
- Washington judicial elections, 2013
- Washington judicial elections, 2012
- Washington judicial elections, 2010
- Washington Supreme Court elections, 2006-2010
- Washington Secretary of State: Judicial Elections in Washington State
- Washington State Legislature: RCW 29A.52.220
- Washington State Legislature: RCW 29A.36.170
- Washington Courts, "Judicial Election Information," July 13, 2012
- Information submitted to Judgepedia via email on 11/4/2012