On November 8, 2016 we will be voting for the various candidates and Propositions that directly affect Arizona. To speed up the voting process, here's a list you can complete and take with you to your polling place, so you don't have to read every Proposition again. Just print it from your computer, mark it at home, and then go out and vote!
The last day to register to vote in the 2016 General Election is October 10, 2016. Here is how you do it. Early Voting begins October 12, 2016.
You can also see who all the candidates are for the various elected positions being determined at this election, both Federal and State, at the Arizona Secretary of State website.
Propositions On the Arizona 2016 Ballot
Below each Proposition I have inserted a few quotations from arguments both for and against, as published by the Arizona Secretary of State.
Proposition 205: Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act
Brief explanation (paraphrased excerpt from Arizona Secretary of State Publication):
Yes: would permit individuals 21 years and older to privately use, possess, manufacture, give away, or transport up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to 6 marijuana plants at the individual’s residence. Create the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control.
No: retaining exist law, which prohibits individuals from using, possessing, growing or purchasing marijuana unless it is for medical purposes.
- " eliminate the criminal market by shifting the production and sale of marijuana into the hands of tightly regulated Arizona businesses"
- " provides for a 15% sales tax"
- " end felony prosecutions for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana"
- "proposition will allow Big Marijuana companies to manufacture and sell marijuana-laced candies, cookies, drinks, and ice-cream"
- "Legalizing marijuana will ensure Arizona children will have easy access to a mind altering, pernicious drug."
- " legalizing an intoxicating substance for adults will mean more youth consumption, just as it has in Colorado and Washington, and just as it has for alcohol in every state."
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Proposition 206: The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act
Brief explanation (paraphrased excerpt from Arizona Secretary of State Publication)
Yes: increase the minimum wage from $8.05 per hour in 2016 to $10.00 per hour in 2017, and then incrementally increasing the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by the year 2020; entitles employees to earn 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
No: retain the existing minimum wage (along with the existing method for annually increasing the minimum wage for inflation) and retaining employers' existing ability to determine their own earned paid sick leave policy.
- " Today’s minimum wage of $8.05 an hour – or less than $17,000 a year for 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year – simply isn’t enough for a family to get by."
- "The initiative will directly benefit over a million Arizonans, while also helping boost our economy. Among those most deeply affected by the Healthy Working Families Initiative are women, making up 70% of those who directly benefit from the initiative."
- "By paying fair wages and providing good benefits, I spend less time and resources filling vacancies and training new employees, and my current staff members are more willing to commit to the quality of my business."
- "The poor, young people and those with few skills who would benefit most from an entry-level job will find themselves shut out of the job market as employers will have fewer dollars to devote to new hires."
- "small and measured minimum wage increases tied to inflation, more correctly move with market principles and cause less economic distortions. Arizona has in place a system indexed to inflation. Combining this approach with earned tax credits for those struggling to earn a living wage, in a studied manner seems more reasonable - not perfect, but more reasonable. An initiative that simply throws numbers against the wall is not a studied approach."
- "Small businesses in particular would have to find ways to continue serving their customers with ever-increasing financial burdens put upon them by the government."
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Did You Ever Wonder How Our Propositions are Numbered?
- 100 series: used for Constitutional amendments
- 200 series: citizen initiatives to create new or amend current statutes
- 300 series: legislative initiatives to create new or amend current statutes
- 400 series: local issues