Polls are Open!

voteIt’s election day and the country’s eyes are on Arizona. Our state is not only considered a battleground state, it is one of five states where voters will consider lealizing marijuana for recreational use.

 

Now, if you are thinking the whole election process is largely over…..maybe not according to a story from KPNX-TV in Phoenix.

Just one more day, you’re thinking, and then it will all be over. Sorry folks, but it probably won’t. Because in Arizona, Election Day can last a week.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told 12 News Monday there would be more than 200,000 uncounted ballots when the counting stops Tuesday night. “You’re looking at at  least 10 days, if not more, to finish up the election entirely,” Purcell said.

We expect several close races, for president, Maricopa County sheriff, Prop 205 to legalize marijuana, possibly county recorder and county attorney and key state Senate races. Those races might not be called Tuesday night. The full ballot count could go on through the weekend and into next week.

As we have mentioned in earlier blogs, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association(AzHHA) opposes Prop 205 – the initiative that would leaglize recreational marijuana use in our state. This has nothing to do with judging how Arizonans want to spend their free time and far more to do with our beliefs around better health and healthcare. That vote, like the Presidential race is expected to be quite close.

How close? In the past few days….the Phoenix Business Journal has run two separate stories – one that suggested Prop 205 was losing and another that indicated it was leading.

In many ways this has been a contentious election cycle and no matter who wins and which Props pass or fail – we will have to find a way to come together again. We undersatnd there are people who do not agree with our position on Prop 205, for example, and we respect that. We may not always agree but if we are willing to keep the dialogue open about the important health issues facing the people of Arizona – that’s a sure sign that we are willing to work together. And working together is key to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

 

 

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