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Counting amendment votes

Posted by: Paul Walsh Updated: November 6, 2012 - 5:38 AM

Constitutional amendment questions often cause confusion among some voters regarding how votes are counted.

To clarify: An amendment passes if a majority of all voters who cast a ballot in the election vote for it.

So an amendment passes only if the “Yes” votes for the amendment are more than the “No” votes AND the ballots on which no choice was made on the amendment. In short, casting a ballot but skipping over an amendment question has the same effect as voting against it.

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