University of Denver

Washington: King County ballots, voter pamphlet are misleading

Former Senior Director

An error and vague wording on election-related materials could affect the outcome of a supreme court race. In King County, both the judicial primary ballot and the judicial voter pamphlet indicate that the top two vote-getting candidates in a supreme court race will advance to the general election, when in fact, this two-person race will be decided in the primary. The confusion is due to the fact that many other nonpartisan offices use a “Top 2” primary.