Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
Today– Nov. 12– is the deadline for county election officials to finalize the election that was held 10 days ago. Some races– like the governorship– were decided on Nov. 2.
But others remained close for days, due to mailed paper ballots that were delivered to a poling place on election day; provisional ballots (ie, those with a problem such as an address that didn’t match a person’s identification); and ballots that can’t be read by the optical scanner because they have write-in names or stray marks.
All of the candidate races have been called. Most notably, Southern Arizona Congressional Representatives Raul Grijalva (CD7) and Gabrielle Giffords (CD8), whose races were tight, were declared winners last week.
The three initiatives that remain undecided are Prop 112 which would change the deadlines for citizen initiative petitions, Prop 110 which would change the rules for state land swaps, and Prop 203 which would legalize medical marijuana in Arizona.
With tens of thousands of ballots to count in Maricopa County, Props 110 and 203 are losing by about 3000 votes, while Prop 112 is winning by less than 2000 votes, according to the Star. All three propositions have gained ground in the past week.
Arizona’s pot smokers will just have to find a way to de-stress while they wait until next week for a decision. Maybe some of them shouldn’t write in Micky Mouse for governor next time.