When New Jersey put suffrage to voters, it lost 58%-42%

There was a time when the New Jersey Legislature punted a civil rights issue to the voters: during the 1914 session, the Democratic-controlled Senate and Assembly passed ACR1, which allowed voters to decide the issue of women's suffrage. In an October 1915 special election, New Jersey voters defeated an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution that would give women the right to vote by 51,108 votes, a 58%-42% margin. The referendum went down to defeat in 20 of 21 counties; only Ocean County supported it. It was not until February 1920 that the New Jersey Legislature ratified an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allowed women to vote. The Senate voted 18-2 to support the amendment; it passed the Assembly a week late, 34-24.

When New Jersey put suffrage to voters, it lost 58%-42%