The following remarks suggest that the election system for choosing Washington judges is not, in any significant degree, an election system at all. Most Washington judges do not get on the bench by election and elections are rarely used to evaluate sitting judges. Through the quiet adoption of certain practices and customs, citizen voice through elections rarely plays a role. If elections are a good way to select and retain judges—an issue not debated here—important changes in our practices are essential if we are to take elections seriously.
William R. Andersen, Judicial Selection in Washington—Taking Elections Seriously, 33 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 605 (2010).