A new poll shows that while the Marriage Amendment has more support than opposition, it would fail.
Of the 542 respondents registered to vote, 47 percent said they would vote for the amendment and 39 percent said they would vote against it. Ten percent of respondents said they would not vote and 4 percent said they were unsure.
Leaving the ballot blank counts as a no vote. (Source) – Emphasis mine.
Since 1900, the constitution has required the approval of a majority of those voting at the election—not just a majority of those voting on the amendment question—to ratify the amendment. Thus, if a person votes at the election, failure to vote on an amendment is the equivalent of a “no” vote. A notice to this effect is printed on the ballot. Historically, it has taken roughly a 60 percent “yes” vote to pass an amendment.
This may not be the slam dunk the proponents said it would be.
Sidenote to Jack & Ben:
Constitutional amendment ballot questions appear on the ballot just after the listing of state offices, before the listing of county offices.