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Legalization Advocates Anxiously Await The Results Of Today's Ballot Initiatives

The long, arduous campaign for the legalization of recreational and marijuana is over in states voting on ballot initiatives. Now the day-long wait to hear the results begins.

With results pouring in from federal, state and local elections, it'll be easy to lose track of what's happening with this year's slate of cannabis ballot initiatives. So to help you stay on top of those votes, we've put together information on the best way to follow results online, which of course includes our Ballot 2016 web site.

If you're not too worried about getting the latest results or tracking how ballot initiatives did by county, you can check out Politico's election results page, which tracks the top ballot measures in each states - including the marijuana questions.

And if you're up for some info-tainment, Cannabis Radio will feature live coverage of election results as they come in. 

For more detailed information, your best bet is to follow each state's department of elections, which we've pasted below - including when polls close so you'll know when to expect to hear about results in the eight states that will vote on legalizing recreational or medical marijuana use.


Maine Secretary of State's website.
SOS Twitter feed.

Polling stations open anywhere between 6 am - 10 am Eastern Time. But they all close by 8 pm. So we'll probably find out if Maine's recreational marijuana ballot initiative - Question 1 - passed before any of the others, apart from Massachusetts.  


Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth website.
State Twitter feed.

Polls open at various times in the Bay State, but they all of them are required to close by 8 pm Eastern Time. So Maine's Question 1 and Massachusetts' Question 4 will be in a race to get their results in first.


Florida Division of Elections website.
SOS Twitter feed.

Polling in Florida is a bit tricky because the northwestern region of the state is in a different timezone than the rest. Residents can cast their ballots from 7 am - 7 pm Eastern Time, which means that some stations won't close until 8 pm Eastern.

Preliminary results won't be released until those polls have closed. So we may find out the fate of marijuana prohibition in Maine and Massachusetts before we hear the first reports of Florida's medical marijuana initiative - Question 2.


Arkansas Secretary of State website.
SOS Twitter feed.

Things work differently in Arkansas. Every other state on this list closes their polls on the hour. But stations in the Natural State open at 7:30 AM and close at 7:30 PM local time (8:30 AM - 8:30 PM Eastern). So we'll start to hear how Arkansas' medical marijuana ballot initiative - Issue 6 - just after Florida starts reporting and just before Arizona begins.


Arizona Secretary of State's website.
SOS Twitter feed.

The polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm Mountain Time in Arizona. So we should find out if the state's recreational marijuana ballot initiative - Proposition 205 - passed after getting the results from New England and maybe even Florida.


Nevada Secretary of State website.
SOS Twitter feed.

All polling stations are open from 7 am to 7 pm Mountain Time. So the results of Nevada's recreational marijuana ballot question - Question 2 - will be pouring in at the same time as Arizona's polls begin reporting. 

North Dakota

North Dakota Secretary of State website.
ND government Twitter feed.

North Dakota will also begin reporting at the same time as Arizona and Nevada - probably. According to state election law, ND polling stations to close no earlier than 7 pm and no later than 9 pm local time. 

So we could get a smattering of news about North Dakota's medical marijuana ballot initiative - Measure 5 - throughout the night.


California Secretary of State's website.
SOS Twitter feed.

The polls are open from 7AM to 8 PM Pacific Time. So we'll probably find out the fate of the Golden State's recreational marijuana ballot initiative - Proposition 64 - after the others have reported. Hopefully, the night will end on a high note with America's largest state economy going online with legalization.

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