Abortion rights supporters want vote invalidated
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Opponents of Amendment 1 are asking a federal judge to void the vote that amended the Tennessee Constitution to make it easier for lawmakers to restrict abortions.
In a lawsuit filed late Friday in federal court, plaintiffs claim that the state ignored the plain language of the constitution, which says it can be amended by "a majority of all the citizens in the state voting for governor, voting in ... favor" of the amendment.
The plaintiffs want the judge to order the state to count only those Amendment 1 votes where the voters also cast ballots for governor. If that is impossible, they want the vote voided.
Plaintiffs say the state allowed some voters to game the system by voting for the amendment and skipping the governor's race.
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