US appeals court: Tennessee abortion amendment vote was OK

Associated Press • Jan 9, 2018 at 2:30 PM

NASHVILLE — A federal appeals court has ruled that Tennessee won’t have to recount votes for a state constitutional amendment passed in 2014 that allows tougher abortion restrictions.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion Tuesday says the vote tabulating method was reasonable and true to the meaning of the state constitution and didn’t infringe on plaintiffs’ voting rights.

The order overturns an April 2016 district court ruling that sided with eight voters that sued the state by ordering the recount. The judge called Tennessee’s vote-counting on Amendment 1 unconstitutional and fundamentally unfair. The recount was put on hold pending the appeal.

Tennessee officials have said they followed their longstanding practice of counting amendment votes.

The Republican-led state House gave a standing ovation at news of the decision.

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