The proposed changes to Tennessee’s Constitution are driving people to the polls, as early voting in the midterm elections started Wednesday across the state.
At a voting precinct in Putnam County, nearly every voter cited Amendment 1 when asked what issue drew them out.
Amendment 1 is the abortion amendment that supporters say will make the procedure more safe by letting lawmakers pass more regulations. Critics say that it will effectively restrict access to abortions.
Several in Putnam County echoed voter Dwight Henry, who said his religion and conversations he’s had at church were motivating.
“Well I’ve been pro-life to the bone my whole life. Just where I come from. It’s part of my core values,” Henry said. “Just my Christian world view is what sparked my interest.”
Most voters had little or no opinion about the other three Amendments appearing on the ballot.
Early voting in the midterm election runs through Oct. 30.