Election: Fall, 2008
What Court Would Hear a Presidential Contest?
An election contest may be heard by “any justice of the supreme court, judge of the court of appeals, or judge of the superior court of the proper county….” Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 29A.68.011. Jurisdiction appears to lie wherever the plaintiff files suit. See contest of 2004 governor’s election, In re Coday, 130 P.3d 809 (Wash. 2006)(some contests filed in superior courts while others filed directly at the supreme court). Superior and supreme court judges are elected. Wash. Const. Art. IV, § 3, 5.