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11/9/2012 8:54:00 AM
Two N.H. Constitutional Amendment Proposals Fail

New Hampshire voters on Tuesday rejected two constitutional amendment proposals that could have changed the way the courts and the state budget function in the years to come.

Question No. 1 asked voters if they were in favor of an amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit the Legislature from imposing any new income tax on personal income.

Question No. 2, also called CACR26, asked if voters were in favor of amending Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution to give lawmakers and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court the power to make rules governing the administration of all the courts of the state.

Both questions, as with all ballot questions on constitutional amendments, must pass by a two-thirds voter majority and neither had the two-thirds support.

Question 1 received 355,054 votes in favor and 266,833 against, according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office.

Question 2 received 294,164 votes in favor and 308,094 against.

A third question on the ballot -- this one needing only a simple majority to pass -- asked voters if there should be a convention of delegates established to revise or amend the state constitution.

Question 3 failed with 384,014 votes against and 215,679 in favor, according to Secretary of State figures.

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