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State court asked to rule on ballot measure vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State attorneys are asking a judge to interpret language in the Tennessee Constitution that sets forth how votes for state ballot measures must be counted.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1S2Pumc ) reports such a ruling could impact a separate federal challenge against the abortion measure Amendment 1.

Eight voters filed a federal suit in November 2014 shortly after passage of Amendment 1, which stripped the right to an abortion from Tennessee's Constitution.

The plaintiffs challenged the way the state counted votes. Their interpretation of the Tennessee Constitution is that people who voted in the ballot race but not for governor should not have their votes counted.

Assistant District Attorney Janet Kleinfelter argued Friday before a Williamson County judge that it's up to a state court to interpret the language of the Tennessee Constitution.