A federal judge has extended Arizona’s deadline for residents to register to vote. The new deadline is 5pm on October 23.
U.S. District Judge Steven Logan is responsible for the state’s extension, AZ Central reported. Logan cited the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a main reason for the extension.
“Registering to vote has never been easier for some, though others are not so fortunate,” Logan stated. “Ballot access is an extremely important right, and it has been restricted during this unprecedented time.”
Attorneys for the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed an appeal hours later, so Logan’s ruling could be overturned.
One of the most well-known ballot initiatives that Arizona voters will be voting on this November is Proposition 207 (formerly “Smart and Safe Arizona”), which could legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older.
Key facts about Prop 207:
1. Would allow adults aged 21 and older to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana with no more than 5 grams being concentrates (extracts).
2. Would limit home cultivation to six cannabis plants per individual’s primary residence and twelve cannabis plants at a residence where two or more persons 21 or older reside.
3. Recreational marijuana dispensaries would open. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) would issue licenses following the application acceptance period from Jan 19 – Mar 9, 2021.
4. Would impose a 16% excise tax (which is similar to alcohol and cigarettes) on recreational cannabis sold at state-licensed dispensaries. The tax revenue would fund various state agencies and community programs.
5. Cannabis use would still be illegal in public places, but would only be a petty offence for offenders.