How will Prop. 2 compromise impact voter turnout?

Local News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Proposition 2 was expected to be the biggest issue on the November ballot, driving many people to vote. After a compromise was reached on Thursday it’s unclear if people will still care. Some experts said it’s still important to vote on it.

The compromise calls for greater controls on where marijuana can be distributed, with more scrutiny to make sure it doesn’t hit the black market.

While supporters are happy about patients getting access, and being able to have marijuana from other states until the system is in place.

With this compromise just being announced it’s unclear if it will impact turnout. The issue was expected to have domino effect on other races and initiatives.

Jason Perry of the Hinckley Institute of Politics said voters will likely need time to look over the new details of the compromise before deciding.

“I think a lot of people are still watching this, and it’s going to take a while to digest this compromise to see if it really hits the mark,” said Perry.

Even without the compromise if Prop. 2 passed there’s no guarantee it would have stayed in place, or been changed by lawmakers during the next session.

Both sides of the Prop. 2 debate have agreed not to campaign on the issue which was set to start heating up until Thursday’s announcement.

With the issue still on the ballot Perry notes it will still be important for people to show how they feel on the issues.

“It totally matters in this situation how people vote even with a compromise,” said Perry. “Because that will impact how our legislature approaches this issue going forward.”

Governor Garry Herbert said he expects the Legislature to pass the compromise bill as is. He plans to call for the special session in late November no matter the outcome of Prop. 2 on election day.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News Videos

A military veteran's act of service and struggle

Thumbnail for the video titled "A military veteran's act of service and struggle"

War Dogs: Never Forgotten

Thumbnail for the video titled "War Dogs: Never Forgotten"

The Justice Files: Victim’s family relieved Ron Lafferty passed away

Thumbnail for the video titled "The Justice Files: Victim’s family relieved Ron Lafferty passed away"

Christmas in color adds half a million more lights to drive-thru display

Thumbnail for the video titled "Christmas in color adds half a million more lights to drive-thru display"

Going Agg Episode 5

Thumbnail for the video titled "Going Agg Episode 5"

That time Craig Wirth took a joyride in the Presidential limo

Thumbnail for the video titled "That time Craig Wirth took a joyride in the Presidential limo"
More Video News
Inside Utah Politics Logo

Glen Mills

Chief Political Correspondent

For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...

Don't Miss

Trending Stories