New Zealand Marijuana Legalization Trails In Early Referendum Results, But More Votes To Be Counted

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A New Zealand referendum to legalize marijuana is trailing, according to preliminary election results released on Friday. But with hundreds of thousands of ballots remaining to be counted, the final outcome won’t be known until late next week. Polls in the country closed on October 17, but elections officials don’t count referendum votes on election night. Instead, the preliminary results were tallied over the subsequent days and released Friday afternoon local time in New Zealand, with final results expected to be announced on November 6. According to the initial election data, the vote’s margin so far is razor-thin. Forty-six percent—1,114,485 people—voted for the referendum and 53 percent—1,281,818 people—were against it. But the final outcome is still unknown. The early numbers don’t include an estimated 480,000 or more so-called special votes, which are expected to account for roughly 17 percent of all cast ballots. The category includes votes by citizens overseas, those who only recently registered to vote as well as people serving prison sentences of less than three years. It also includes students who are attending schools out of the districts where they are normally registered to vote. Preliminary results for the End of Life Choice and Cannabis legalisation and…

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