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Proposed changes to New Hampshire Constitution appear to fall short of required vote

Two proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Constitution appeared to fall short yesterday of the two-thirds vote required for ratification.

The first proposed amendment, which would have banned any future state income tax, was running short of the 67 percent threshold, with 57 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed, with 45 percent of precincts reporting last night, according to the Associated Press.

The second amendment, which would have given the Legislature power to write rules for state courts, also appeared to fall short of the margin required for approval, with 49 percent in favor and 51 percent opposed, with 44 percent of precincts counted last night.

Voters also seemed to decide against calling a constitutional convention that could propose additional amendments to the state Constitution. The last such convention was held in 1984; with 44 percent of precincts in last night, 36 percent were in favor and 64 percent were opposed.

A simple majority was required.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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