New Hampshire voters overwhelmingly supported two ballot questions during Tuesday’s elections.
Both questions involve changes in the state’s constitution, and therefore required approval from two-thirds of voters who cast ballots.
With 89 percent of precincts reporting as of press time this morning, Question 1 received 351,239 votes, or 82.70 percent, in favor to 73,473 votes, or 17.30 percent, opposed, according to the Associated Press.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting as of press time this morning, Question 2 received 346,861 votes, or 80.88 percent, in favor to 82,005, or 19.12 percent, opposed, the Associated Press reported.
Question 1 seeks to allow taxpayers to sue the state government, their county or their municipality if they believe spending of public funds by those entities violates state law, an ordinance or a constitutional provision.
The amendment specifically seeks to counter N.H. Supreme Court rulings from 2010 and 2014 that declared taxpayers must demonstrate they have a direct, personal, negative impact to sue local, county or state government.
Question 2 focuses on the right to privacy of the state’s residents, and seeks to amend the state constitution to prevent the government from intruding in residents’ lives.
Specifically, the question says “an individual’s right to live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information is natural, essential, and inherent.”
Both questions passed by healthy margins in Cheshire County’s communities, with all but Nelson reporting.
The last time N.H. voters approved an amendment to the state constitution was in 2006.