Elections

Prop 203 Still has Chance: Lead by Opponents Shrinks Again

 

No matter which way this thing goes, it's been a hell of a race.

The fight for Proposition 203, Arizona's medical marijuana measure, is still on as of Monday evening.

Another positive blip for 203 in the late vote counts put the measure at only 3,800 votes behind, according to the latest figures. This means the weekend reversal of the pro-203 trend has been reversed.

The failure to widen the lead of the opponents is good news for 203 supporters. If you want to stay optimistic that 203 will pass, no one could blame you.

 

Of course, it's a fact that the "yes" votes haven't been ahead since the counting began last Tuesday night.

But tens of thousands of votes remain uncounted, including nearly 10,000 from Pima and Coconino counties, where the measure passed handily.About 90,000 early ballots and provisional ballots are left uncounted as of Monday evening in Maricopa County, officials say.

By state law, all the votes must be counted by the end of Friday.

We'll be posting updates on 203 until the fat lady sings. 

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.