On Wednesday, the Tennessee State Senate voted to overturn the election of Ophelia Ford (26-6), a victory for fair elections and yet another attempt for Memphis residents to wipe their hands clean of the crooked Ford family once and for all. A new election will be held, first with a Democratic primary in August and then a general election in November. The winner of the Democratic primary will face off against Republican Terry Roland.
Ford won the 2005 election by only 13 votes over Roland. A closer look found at least 12 votes were cast by people that were felons, voting out of their district, or dead. Still more irregularities were found, including a forged signature of a poll worker who was not out of town during the election.
"We did what we had to do to restore the integrity of the ballot box." - Sen. Ron Ramsey (R)
Archie L. Kirkwood could not be reached for comment. Kirkwood voted for Ford, which was the first time she had cast a ballot in 10 years. Good for her! It was also the first time she had cast a ballot since she passed away (two weeks before the election). Bad for Ophelia!
(Source - Tennessean)
The AP has a timeline of these events.
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