Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 9, 2023 / 15:15 pm
Ohioans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to reject a ballot initiative that would have made it more difficult to adopt constitutional amendments via citizen-led ballot initiatives.
The initiative’s defeat, which took place amid unprecedented voter turnout and out-out state spending, means a proposed abortion referendum is more likely to succeed in November.
With 95% of the votes tallied as of Wednesday afternoon, about 57% had voted no on Issue 1 while about 43% voted yes on the initiative.
A yes vote was a vote in favor of raising the threshold required for adopting a constitutional amendment through a citizen-led ballot initiative. The proposal would have required 60% of the vote for an initiative to pass. With the amendment’s defeat, a simple majority is all that is required for a ballot initiative to win.