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Ohio Voters Reject Issue 1

The measure would have made it harder to change the constitution

Ohio voters have defeated Issue 1, according to a race called by The Associated Press Tuesday night. The no vote rejects a proposed constitutional change that would have made it harder to pass future amendments to the Ohio Constitution.

This means an amendment that could enshrine abortion rights into the state's constitution will need to pass by a 50 percent plus one margin when it comes up for a vote this November.

A higher than expected number of Ohio's registered voters cast ballots in this special August election that was set by supermajority Republican state lawmakers who oppose abortion.

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