Evan Smith: CORRECTION – Shoreline ballot will have County ballot measure

Sunday, June 19, 2011

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

I wrote yesterday that August ballots in the City of Shoreline would have nothing but a one-candidate election for the Court of Appeals.

That’s wrong.

While the Court of Appeals candidate is the only candidate on Shoreline ballots, ballots in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and the rest of King County will have County Proposition No. 1, the renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy.

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that the levy will appear on ballots throughout King County, including those in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

So, ballots in Shoreline will have the levy plus the one-candidate election for the Court-of-Appeals position, and ballots in Lake Forest Park will have the levy, the Court-of-Appeals election and a three-way primary for mayor among City Councilman Dwight Thompson, former Councilwoman Mary Jane Goss and Republican precinct committee officer Stan Lippmann.

Another reader asked why we vote twice to elect an unopposed judge.

This happens only for judges of the Supreme Court and courts of appeals. Proposals to change the system or to reconcile the ways we elect judges at different levels have failed in recent sessions of the Legislature.


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