Nick McWilliams reporting – A proposed change to the rules to amend the Ohio Constitution has been struck down by voters.

Under the legislation, the percentage of votes needed to amend the Constitution would have gone from a simple majority of 50 percent plus one to 60 percent.

Touted by an attempt to keep special interest groups out of Ohio politics by some and an attempt to block a potential vote on adding abortion to the legal framework of the state by others, voters ultimately turned down the change.

Statewide, the votes were divided by a roughly 57 percent to 43 percent split. 

Tuscarawas County voted for the passage of the change with over 11,900 votes for yes, and just under 9,200 for no. 

The decision will leave Ohio with the same system that has been in place since the state adopted a simple majority in 1912.

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