Gathering reveals worries and curiosity over crowded Arizona ballot

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September 29, 2010

By Al Ortiz

PHOENIX, Arizona: According to reports in Arizona, officials are kicking off a series of town hall meetings to inform state voters of the ten ballot measures on this year's general election ballot on November 2. On September 23, close to 200 people filled the auditorium of Gateway Community College to listen to both sides of each issue that will be presented to them. With the meeting came some concerns, particularly from attendee Karen Michael.[1]

According to Michael, the amount of ballot measures, particularly constitutional amendments, slated to appear is troubling. She stated, "The ballot is incredibly overloaded this year, there was barely time to hear from both sides of the propositions. It’s worrisome when you really start to wonder why all these amendments are trying to be passed all at once.”[1]

Also on the minds of voters was the curiosity factor, with Cayla Durham stating her decision to attend the meeting was influenced by a discussion on one of her college classes: "Everyone was saying ‘Oh, we need to legalize marijuana’ and I was curious about how my state was going to do this." Durham later stated, "I wasn’t registered to vote before coming here tonight but now I see how important it is to vote and care."[1]

Spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State's office Matt Benson stated he was pleased with the number of people in attendance, stating, "It’s good to see a high interest in the election season. Voters have an invested interest in some of these ballot measures.”[1]

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