TNDP: Explaining the Confusing Amendment Thresholds for Passage

Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; October 28, 2014:

NASHVILLE, TN.– There have been several news stories in recent days outlining the two thresholds that amendments to Tennessee’s Constitution must meet for passage. These explanations have taken several different forms and presented various scenarios.

Given the confusion and contradictory reports regarding the electoral math needed for passage of a Constitutional Amendment, the Tennessee Democratic Party spoke with the Division of Elections today. The assertions presented in a phone conversation with Blake Fontenay for the two thresholds are below.

Thresholds for Constitutional Amendment Passage:

  • The number of “YES” votes must be greater than half the number of votes in the Gubernatorial Election.
  • The number of “YES” votes must be greater than the number of “NO” votes.