Final Pot Vote Count Under Way

Final Pot Vote Count Under Way
Posted by CN Staff on June 19, 2008 at 05:00:29 PT
By Mike Geniella, The Press Democrat
Source: Press Democrat
Ukiah, CA --  Mendocino County election officials today started counting 10,385 absentee ballots cast in the June 2 primary, results that will determine the outcome of a hotly contested measure to repeal the county’s liberal marijuana guidelines.County Clerk Sue Ranochak said the outcome might be known Friday. “We’re as eager as everyone else to get it done,” said Ranochak.
Measure B on election night appeared to win by a 52-48 percent margin. But most of the 16,364 ballots counted then were from the inland areas of Ukiah, Redwood Valley and Potter Valley, where the drive to repeal county marijuana rules originated.As election night wore on, Measure B’s margin of victory tighten significantly as ballots began to be counted from more marijuana tolerant regions of the county including the Mendocino Coast, Anderson Valley and Willits/Laytonville.With the final 40 percent of the total vote just now being counted, the outcome could change.The Measure B campaign drew national attention to the scale of marijuana production in Mendocino and other rural counties. It also underscored the lack of uniform state guidelines surrounding individual’s use of marijuana for medical reasons.If Measure B does pass, current county standards decriminalizing up to 25 marijuana plants per person will be repealed and more restrictive state guidelines of six plants put in place.Even so, the effect will be unclear. As the Measure B campaign concluded, state guidelines were ruled unconstitutional by a state appellate court in Los Angeles.Note: Mendocino County absentee ballots to determine outcome of Measure B.Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)Author: Mike Geniella, The Press DemocratPublished: Wednesday, June 18, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Press DemocratContact: letters pressdemo.comWebsite: Articles: Marijuana Hotbed Retreats on Medicinal Use Pot Measure in Limbo Mendocino Pot Repeal Narrowly Passes
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 20, 2008 at 12:20:53 PT
Final Tally: Mendocino Voters Repeal Pot Guideline
Published: Friday, June 20, 2008 A final tally shows that voters on June 3 repealed Mendocino County’s liberal marijuana guidelines.“Measure B passed,” Mendocino County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder Sue Ranochak announced Friday after absentee ballots were tabulated.Measure B won with 52 percent of the vote, the same margin by which it was leading on election night.In the final tally, there were 14,577 votes in favor of Measure B and 13,369 noes.Almost 60 percent — 28,192 — of Mendocino County’s 47,040 registered voters cast ballots in the election. And most of those, 27,946, cast votes on Measure B.Ranochack said she was not surprised that the final vote did not much change from the initial count.“Traditionally they don’t. But you never know,” she said.Copyright: 2008 The Press DemocratURL:
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