Arizona Prop 203: medical marijuana still undecided

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by Alicia E. Barrón

azfamily.com

Posted on November 5, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 6 at 3:33 PM

PHOENIX -- The only race that remains undecided in Arizona's November 2 election is Proposition 203, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state.

On Friday night, dozens of workers at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office were processing and counting the remain ballots.  Nearly 1.4 million Arizonan's cast votes in the medical marijuana race.  The most recent numbers show 'NO" votes leading by approximately 5,200 votes, but roughly 220,000 ballots remain uncounted.

Among the uncounted ballots are Conditional Provisional Ballots. Matthew Benson of the Arizona Secretary of State's office says Conditional Provisional Ballots are incomplete ballots that still require action on the part of the voter in order to be counted. 

"Conditional Provisional Ballots are for individuals who had insufficient identification when they went in to vote...maybe they didn't have a drivers license or any other type of ID [or] maybe they had a drivers license with an old address," said Benson.  These voters have until Tuesday to take their proper identification and any other required paperwork into their County Recorder's office, otherwise, their ballot will not be counted.  
 
Benson said a recount will be automatically triggered in the Prop 203 race if the difference between yes and no votes is 200 or less.

Responding to questions about the close race , Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, said: “This is about getting stoned and high and smoking dope. Nothing else."

Andrew Myers from the group 'Yes on 203' said, "We are very confident that we will be able to demonstrate to the legislature and the regulatory authorities that this industry can be handled in a well-regulated manner."
 

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