Election Updates: Booker, Watson Coleman win reelection, N.J. votes to legalize marijuana, races from Princeton Public Schools to the Presidency too close to call – The Daily Princetonian

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and NJ-12 Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman have won reelection, and three state ballot initiatives involving tax deductions, redistricting, and the legalization of marijuana are expected to pass, according to projections from the Associated Press and The New York Times.

Still, many races have not been called, from an eight-way chase for seats on Princeton’s school board to a hotly-contested race for the U.S. Presidency. 


The morning after the polls closed, here’s a look at what we know — and what we don’t.

Ballot Measures

After yesterday’s vote, New Jersey is likely to become the 12th state to legalize marijuana as residents overwhelmingly voted for a constitutional amendment to make the substance available for recreational use amongst adults. Of the ballots counted, 67 percent of New Jerseyans voted “yes” on the amendment, which legalizes recreational use for individuals over 21 years of age and legalizes the “cultivation, processing and sale of retail marijuana.” According to The Wall Street Journal, state lawmakers intend to pass additional legislation enabling the marijuana market to work, and it is unclear how long that will take and when sales will begin in the state. 

Arizona and South Dakota also voted to legalize recreational marijuana, according to CNN projections. According to New York Times projections, Montana voted to legalize recreational marijuana and Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana. 

The other two measures on the New Jersey ballot are both expected to pass, according to Associated Press projections. A ballot question making peacetime veterans eligible for a $250 property tax deduction was approved by 76.3 percent of counted ballots, and 59.5 percent of voters have approved a question allowing a redistricting schedule change, postponing state legislative redistricting until after the election on

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