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Tennessee's abortion laws at risk in quirky vote count case


A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing Wednesday in Cincinnati will mark the first major action in more than a year in the case of Amendment 1, an anti-abortion measure passed by voters in 2014. The amendment says that nothing in the state constitution "secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion" and empowers state lawmakers to "enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion."The court is deciding whether Tennessee incorrectly and unconstitutionally counted votes for the amendment.In Tennessee, a constitutional amendment must get votes from "a majority of all the citizens of the state voting for governor" in order to pass.State elections officials say they first check to see if there's a majority vote for the amendment. Then, they verify that the "yes" votes amount to more than half of the total votes in the governor's race.

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