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Amendment 1 supporters say vote count was proper

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters of stricter abortion regulations in Tennessee say an effort to have the Amendment 1 vote overturned subverts the will of the voters.

Amendment 1 passed last week with 53 percent of voters casting ballots in favor. The amendment changes the Tennessee Constitution to make it easier for lawmakers to restrict abortion.

On Friday, opponents of the amendment filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the state is not correctly counting the votes. The suit claims the plain language of the state constitution says that it can only be amended by a majority of the citizens voting for governor.

The plaintiffs say that means the state should count only the votes of people who also voted in the governor's race. If that is impossible, they want the vote voided.